Roger Fulton <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> I recently received the schedule for the 1994-95 season for the
> Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, Washington.
> In it is listed the performance "Masters of the Folk Violin."
> I'm trying to decide whether to go or not, so I'd like some
> opinions about the performers. They are: Michael Doucet (fiddler
> and lead vocalist for Beausoliel), Brendan Mulvihill, Claude
> Williams, Kenny Baker, and Natalie MacMaster. They list Natalie
> MacMaster as "Great Britain's star fiddler." Are there two
> Natalie MacMasters? The one I'm familiar with (and whose music I
> much enjoy) is from Cape Breton NS.
> My musical tastes are in Irish/Celtic music (Altan, Battlefield
> Band, Capercaille, Planxty, Silly Wizard, De Danann, etc.) as
> well as some bluegrass and old-time. Based on this, could you
> give me your opinion as to whether I'd enjoy the performers
> listed above for the "Masters of the Folk Violin?"
All "likes" you list are bands. Have you enjoyed solo or
solo-plus-one-accompanist fiddle? I would guess that the format would be
similar to the Celtic Fiddle Festival tours: a single or small group of
accompanists who play with everybody. Everyone bringing their own backup
would probably be too expensive. The Celtic Fiddle Festival recording on
Green Linnett is excellent and might help your decision.
I think that I've seen a CD floating around called "Masters of Folk
Violin" or some similar such. The only thing I remember about it is that
it featured fiddlers of several tyles, one of them being Michael Doucet.
Perhaps this tour is a tie-in to the album (or vice-versa). Perhaps,
also, I am mistaken.
Being a fan principally of Irish/Celtic fiddle, I would go on the
strength of Brendan Mullvihill alone. His viola solo is to die for; pray
he does it.
*** Mike O'Regan ([log in to unmask]) Chicago, IL