Thursday, January 10, 2019

April Verch Trio to Perform at MCTA, Sunday, February 10


Canadian fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch and her band will perform at Mountain City Traditional Arts Sunday, February 10, at 4 pm. Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation. At the heart lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing. Sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision.

Making her living as a professional fulltime musician for two decades, Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada. But her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and far beyond. Verch grew up knowing how relevant an old tune can be. She was raised surrounded by living, breathing roots music—her father’s country band rehearsing; the lively music at church and at community dances; the tunes she rocked out to win fiddle competitions. She thought every little girl learned to stepdance at the age of three and fiddle at the age of six. For over two decades has been recording and captivating audiences worldwide, exploring new and nuanced places each step of the way.

Verch began her full time touring career in 2000 and has performed around the world, including festival, theatre and performing arts center appearances worldwide. She also presents workshops, master classes, and lectures as part of her tours and at selected music camps. Verch won’t be the one to tell you about her championship titles, nominations, and awards, or the fact that she was one of 6 fiddlers who represented the Canadian fiddle tradition to the world at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, as part of a segment called "Fiddle Nation”. Instead, in speaking with her, you’ll hear about how passionate she is about sharing her music; in small gatherings in remote communities in Iqaluit, to large prestigious concert halls like Mozartsal in Vienna.

Even as she plays with the tradition she inherited, Verch keeps the community-fired celebratory side of her music at the forefront, honing a keen awareness of how to engage contemporary listeners. It’s why Rolling Stone cited her “One of the 12 best things we saw at MerleFest in 2016.” “Just as contemporary bluegrass has Alison Krauss as an ambassador, the Ottawa Valley has April Verch,” said NPR’s Marco Werman on “The World.” And Verch never forgets the roots of her music, that connection to the people out there in the audience, on the dance floor, to the community sparked by a good song. “It’s about joining together to celebrate everyday life, through music. We’re all in this together.” 

The event is "pay what you can," with a suggested donation of $15.

Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University, with support from FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council, and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. For more information contact mountaincitytradarts@gmail.com or call 301-687-8040.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Irish Fiddler Dylan Foley

Dylan Foley will be bringing his incredible and high spirited Irish fiddle to MCTA on November 4th at 4pm. Dylan is a four-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and has performed across Ireland and the world with a variety of notable musicians. He has traveled to Vietnam and other areas to teach Irish tunes and history. He released his debut solo album in 2012. Now 23, he teaches and tours across the U.S. and Europe.

Suggested donation of $15.00. 

Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University, with support from FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council, and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. For more information contact mountaincitytradarts@gmail.com or call 301-687-8040.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Kaia Kater with Special Guests Anna & Elizabeth

CES at Frostburg State University presents the Appalachian Festival Capstone Concert September 15th at 7pm!

Born of African-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater’s old-time banjo skills, jazz-fueled voice and deft songcraft have garnered acclaim from BBC Music, No Depression, and Rolling Stone, who named her one of the 10 Country Artists You Need to Know. Her innovative style reveals that she has as much in common with Kendrick Lamar as with Pete Seeger.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Anna & Elizabeth
Appalachian folk musicians Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle combine soul-stirring harmonies, storytelling, and the use of a traditional “crankie” – illustrated, hand-cranked scrolls – to bring old-time music and ballads to a new generation of music lovers.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $16.20 for youth under 18. For more information or to order tickets please visit CES’s webpage at ces.frostburg.edu or contact the CES box office at 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137. 

This engagement of Kaia Kater is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Cultural Events Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. On the web at msac.org. CES is sponsored in part by the City of Frostburg.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Téada - Irish Ensemble to Perform at MCTA



Téada
Irish Traditional Music with a World-Wide Reach

Téada, a traditional Irish ensemble with a world-wide reach, will perform at Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main Street, Frostburg, on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:30 pm. This is event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.

Dedicated to bringing the music of Ireland to audiences around the globe, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Téada Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, with funding from Culture Ireland, the group is making Frostburg a stop on its month-long tour of the Eastern US and Mid-Atlantic region.

This leg of the tour features a four piece line-up including Oisin Mac Diarmada, fiddle, Séamus Begley, vocals/button accordion, Seán McElwain, guitar, and Samantha Harvey, dance and accordion.  Together, they’ll deliver an exhilarating performance highlighting the enduring appeal of traditional Irish music and dance.

A graduate in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin/RIAM, Oisín Mac Diarmada has been described by The Irish Echo's Earle Hitchner as "one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today." Founder of noted group Téada in 2001, he is also a regular solo performer, having appeared as guest soloist with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra (USA) and Würtembergische Philharmonie Orchestra (Germany) along with having an extensive recording history. He has recently published a new book – Fiddlers of Sligo Tunebook – along with fellow-Sligo musician, Daithí Gormley.

West Kerry legend, Séamus Begley, is the quintessential Irish musician, famous for his sharp wit and the beautiful sweetness of his voice, recognised in his recent 2013 Gradam Ceoil TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year award. Displaying a wonderful spontaneity in his accordion-playing, he has toured extensively with performers such as Altan, Steve Cooney and Mary Black. He has recorded numerous duet albums with guitarists such as Steve Cooney, Jim Murray and Tim Edey, and in early 2012 released a duet album with Oisín Mac Diarmada.

Seán McElwain from Monaghan brings a strong string dimension to Téada through his dynamic contributions on guitar. He is actively involved in the organizing and running of an annual weekend of music 'Scoil Cheoil na Botha' in his native county Monaghan and recently completed PhD research on the music of his local area. The CD project which emerged from this research received a prestigious TG4 Gradam Ceol Award for Collaboration in 2016. 

Samantha Harvey is an award-winning step dancer, pianist and accordionist. She has performed throughout the world. Most recently Samantha performed in RTÉ's Centenary 2016, broadcast live from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin and with the Omaha Symphony in A Celtic Journey.


Dedicated to the sales, education, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University, which receives support from the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information, call 301-687-8040.


Monday, January 8, 2018


Josephine County

Traditional Acoustic Music from Appalachia, Irish, Scottish and Beyond

Friday, February 23, 7:30 PM - Mountain City Traditional Arts

Josephine County combines the talents of four powerful traditional musicians into one exceptional musical experience ranging from the United States to Ireland and back. Award-winning fiddler and singer Erica Brown Shipman dedicated herself to traditional music at a very young age. Classical, French Canadian, Bluegrass, Country, and much more can be found in her wide-range of musical expertise. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Shipman’s love of traditional music is apparent in his mastery of Bluegrass, Country, and Irish styles of playing. His detailed and thoughtful guitar, mandolin, and banjo playing captivate and delight audiences nationwide. Traditional Irish flute player and singer Hanz Araki is known worldwide for his fresh and innovative approach. His musical sensibility is both inspired and disciplined and has made him a household name from the UK to Japan. Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, singer Colleen Raney brings warmth and authenticity to music from Ireland, Appalachia, Scotland, and beyond.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Celtic Music Series

BUA -Sean Gavin  - flute, uilleann pipes, whistle, Brian Miller - guitar, bouzouki, Devin Shepherd -  fiddle, and Brian Ó hAirt - vocals, sean-nós dance, concertina

Sunday, September 10, 4:30 PM, $15 Suggested Donation 

Bua evokes the good times that are the core of Irish traditional music.  Precise, intense, and straight forward, they are a refreshing change in today’s highly polished musical world. Bua stands out among modern bands in the genre by staying strong in the path of the tradition, yet still able to “raise the rafters with their playing, charm with their singing, and delight with their contemporary energy.” (Dirty Linen)  The Irish Music Association awarded them Top Traditional Group of 2009. In Irish the name Bua means talent, merit, destiny, and more – they are well named.  http://buamusic.com/


Dublin-based Folk Singer Aoife Scott
Sunday, September 24, 3 PM, $15 Suggested Donation

From the family that brought you two of Ireland’s most treasured singers, Frances Black and Mary Black, please meet Aoife Scott, daughter of the former and niece of the latter, the next generation. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, Dublin Folk singer-songwriter Aoife Scott has become a force to be reckoned with on the Irish folk and traditional scene.  https://www.aoifescott.com/
 

Barrule
October 19, 7:30 PM, $15 Suggested Donation


The unique sound of traditional Manx music is the Celtic World’s best kept secret. This is set to change with the introduction of Barrule, the award-winning trio hellbent on taking the Isle of Man’s music to a much wider audience. While sharing common ground with its Celtic cousins, Manx music has retained its own particular and inherent Manxness: an atmosphere evoked by the music that speaks of the natural beauty of the island and the lives of its inhabitants.  http://www.barruletrio.com/

Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University supported in part by the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council  and FrostburgFirst. For more information contact us at mountaincitytradarts@gmail.com or call 301-687-8040.