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The Charlotte Folk Society presents Jamie Laval, one of the premier Celtic violinists on the international music scene today, at our next second-Friday Gathering on February 8th. Joining Jamie will be superlative Asheville musicians E. J. Jones, flutist and piper, and David Brown, baritone guitarist and banjoist. Join us at 7:30 PM for an hour-long concert in the beautiful listening room of the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of downtown Charlotte. Doors open at 7 PM.
CFS Gatherings are family-friendly, open to the public, and free. Donations, which support the series in part, are greatly appreciated and essential to supporting the concert series in the Stella Center. Free parking is available in an adjacent deck after 7 PM; exit without paying after 8 PM. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground-floor door on the parking lot side of the building. Drivers with guests needing accessible entry may park temporarily in designated drop-off spaces opposite the side door.
Visitors are invited to come to the downstairs Café after the concert to enjoy refreshments. A song circle, jam sessions (including a slow old-time jam), and the Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meeting follow. The Dulcimer Club makes available loaner instruments to visitors interested in "taking a test drive." Both listeners and participants are welcome to all these activities.
What places Jamie Laval's music in a class by itself is the nuance, virtuosity, and musical craftsmanship he brings to an ancient art form. Jamie Laval creates rapt audiences with his intensely passionate performances of traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Quebec, rendered with hints of classical refinement and ethnic music from around the world.
Jamie is heralded as "one of North America's finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music" (San Jose Mercury News) and "the next Alasdair Fraser" (Scotland Press and Post). Dirty Linen Magazine proclaims: "Armed with superb technique, fluid dexterity, and subtle bowing techniques, Laval brings a purity of tone that is unparalleled."
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Jamie studied classical violin at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He has pursued careers as a professional symphony musician, recording studio artist, improvising violinist, and contra dance fiddler, but his passion for the haunting sounds of rural Irish and Scottish folk music eventually led him to devote himself exclusively to Celtic music. Jamie now lives in Asheville and takes a keen interest in the musical and historical ties that connect his Appalachian home with the Celtic Diaspora. For five years he served on the faculty of The Swannanoa Gathering, the celebrated summer institute for traditional arts and music on the Warren Wilson College campus.
In 2002 Jamie won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship and subsequently embarked on a full-time touring career which today includes 100 engagements per year throughout the United States and Scotland.
Jamie's critically esteemed debut CD recording, Shades of Green, airs regularly on many NPR programs nationwide. Meanwhile, Zephyr In The Confetti Factory, his duet album with mandolinist Ashley Broder, won Best World Traditional Song in the 2007 Independent Music Awards Vox Populi. His 2012 album, Murmurs and Drones, won the popular vote for "Best World Traditional Album" in the 2012 Independent Music Awards and garnered critical acclaim, as well: "Extraordinarily expressive, Laval's new album proves to be a spellbinder from the first notes to the last." (San Jose Mercury News)
Recent live performances include the Bijou Theatre (Knoxville), Wintergrass Festival (Tacoma), the Freight & Salvage (Berkeley), Swallow Hill Productions (Denver), Club Passim (Boston), The Fringe Festival (Edinburgh), the NBC Today Show, the West Coast Live radio show, and a private appearance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Visit the performers websites for more information:
Jamie Laval recently recorded an interview with WDAV's Biscuits and Bach host Rachel Stewart. It will air on Sunday morning, February 3rd, at approximately 10:30. The program is broadcast from 7:00 to 11:00 AM. Listen on the radio at 89.9 FM or online streaming at http://www.wdav.org
Please join us for a very special celebration of Celtic traditions with the Jamie Laval Trio!