2017-11-10 / Ticket

Acclaimed fiddler-cellist duo set for Bath concert

The Times Record

ALASDAIR FRASER and Natalie Haas will perform in Bath Sunday. 

A less than obvious duo — a Scottish fiddler with a 30-year career and a 25-year-old cellist from California — that has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe is bringing their gentle singing and dancing melodies to the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas will perform a concert at the center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (including Last of the Mohicans and Titanic). Fraser has been sponsored by the British Council to represent

Scotland’s music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions.

Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn’t even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. She was just 11 when she first attended Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in California. Four years later, when Natalie was just 15, Fraser and Haas played their first gig together. Now regularly touring with Fraser and creating a buzz at festivals and in concert halls, she is in the vanguard of young cellists who are redefining the role of the cello in traditional music.

“Cellists are coming out of the woodwork to study with Natalie, to learn how she creates a groove and a whole chunky rhythm section,” said Fraser. “It’s inspiring to hear the cello unleashed from its orchestral shackles.”

The pair has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, the Thistle & Shamrock, and Mountain Stage, and represented Scotland at the Smithsonian Museum’s Folklife Festival.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and may be purchased by calling the Chocolate Church box office at (207) 442-8455 or online at ChocolateChurchArts.org. The Chocolate Church Arts Center is located at 804 Washington St. in Bath.

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