Friday, March 13, 2020
6pm Registration and Informal Dinner
7:15pm Guest Artist Introductions and Style Demonstrations
8pm Dance with Guest Artists and Piano/Bass/Caller
9:30pm Informal Jam Session
Saturday, March 14, 2020
9am Workshop 1
Group 1:Irish with Laurel Martin
Group 2: Scottish with Katie McNally
Group 3: Canadian/New England with Bonnie Bewick
11am Workshop 2
Group 1: Scottish with Katie McNally
Group 2: Canadian/New England with Bonnie Bewick
Group 3: Irish with Laurel Martin
1:30pm Workshop 3
Group 1: Canadian/New England with Bonnie Bewick
Group 2: Irish with Laurel Martin
Group 3: Scottish with Katie McNally
4pm Film Screening
6pm Dinner for weekend participants
7:30pm ‘FIDDLE MASTERS’ performance (ticketed separately for public)
9:30pm Offsite Jam Session
Sunday, March 15, 2020
10:00am Group Workshop
11:00am Weekend showcase (free, open to the public)
Schedule subject to change
A member of the Boston Symphony since 1987, Bonnie Bewick attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned her bachelor's degree in music in 1986 from the Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bonnie won a position with the Columbus Symphony and participated in summer music festivals at Interlochen, Spoleto, the Colorado Philharmonic, and the Grand Tetons. She has made solo appearances with a number of West Coast orchestras, and with the Boston Pops under John Williams and Keith Lockhart as well as the New England Philharmonic and the Cape Ann Symphony in New England. While trained as a classical violinist, bringing many forms of traditional and folk music to classical audiences has become her passion. With that purpose in mind she formed the group "Classical Tangent" in 2007, comprised of BSO members and other traditional musicians. This venture has been enthusiastically received by audiences at Symphony Hall, around Boston, and in the Berkshires, with a featured performance in June 2010 with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart. Since then, Bonnie has formed the duo "Frame" (frame-music.com) with her brother, guitar player and songsmith Ken Bewick; The group performs on both coasts and will record their second CD this summer. She was featured with the Boston Pops Celtic Sojourn in May of 2014, Brian O’Donovan hosting. Bonnie also plays folk music with the group Childsplay (www.childsplay.org) and has collaborated with a wide range of folk artists including Liz Carroll, Hanneke Cassell, Shannon Heaton, Natalie Haas, Carlos Nunez, among others. Her experiences at Maine Fiddle Camp and with her Childsplay colleagues has shaped her New England fiddle style which draws delightfully from the Irish, Scottish and Canadian traditions.
Irish Fiddler Laurel Martin is known for her graceful, lyrical musical style. An esteemed performer and teacher in the Boston area, she is often heard playing at sessions, festivals and concerts throughout New England.
Laurel began playing the fiddle in 1981, and her playing has been shaped over the years by listening to old recordings of Irish traditional musicians, by the guidance of master fiddler Seamus Connolly, with whom she studied in the early 1990s, and by the influence of the many wonderful musicians and friends she has met along the way. She loves the lonesome, enigmatic quality of the old music, and is especially drawn to the music of County Clare, East Galway, and Sligo. She considers old fiddle masters such as Paddy Canny and Michael Coleman to be major sources of inspiration.
While studying with Seamus Connolly under a Master-Apprentice grant from 1990-1993, Laurel focused primarily on learning to understand the subtle nuances of regional Irish fiddle styles, with the particular purpose of preparing to teach other aspiring fiddlers. She has taught Irish fiddling at Boston College, Philips Academy, Andover, Wellesley College, and she currently teaches at the Indian Hill Music School in Littleton, Massachusetts. She has performed and taught workshops at festivals such as Gaelic Roots, the New World Festival, Fiddle Hell, and the Northern Roots Festival. In 2002 and 2010 Laurel was again awarded a Master Apprentice grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, this time as a Master Teacher to provide mentorship to young fiddle players.
Laurel has toured and recorded with the fiddle ensemble “Childsplay” since 1999. Her performances with flute player Mark Roberts and dancer Kieran Jordan, guitarist Dan Compton, harpist Kathleen Guilday, fiddler and singer Sarah Martin, and guitarist Jim Prendergast have brought great joy to Laurel and to her audiences in recent years, at venues such as the Boston College Gaelic Roots series, the Marjorie Besas Memorial Concert series at Indian Hill, the Parlor Room, Northampton Massachusetts, the Not-Just-Another-Coffeehouse in Sharon, Massachusetts, the Fiddle Hell Festival, Blackstone River Theater, Burren Back Room Concert Series, The Flurry Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont, and the New World Festival in Randolph, Vermont among others.
Laurel collaborated with Seamus Connolly to publish a book of traditional Irish tunes with accompanying CD, “Forget Me Not: Fifty Memorable Traditional Irish Tunes” with Mel Bay in 2002. In addition Laurel has recorded several albums with the Childsplay ensemble, and her music can be heard on Tony Cuffe’s recording “Sae Will We Yet.” Laurel’s first solo CD, “The Groves,” was released in 2006, and her newest CD, “Larks & Thrushes,” was released in December of 2018.
Whether performing or teaching, Laurel is devoted to sharing her love of traditional Irish music and to sustaining the spirit of generosity that has kept it alive for so many generations.
Called “the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA” by The Living Tradition and "ground-breaking” by Folk Radio UK, Katie McNally has made waves in both the American folk music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, Flourish, in 2013. A member of the cross-genre fiddle supergroup Childsplay and Gaelic-language band Fàrsan, Katie also tours as a solo artist and has supported such luminaries as Carlos Núñez, Karan Casey, and John Whelan. She has appeared at the Newport Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, the Barns at Wolf Trap, and The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, as well as countless folk venues throughout North America and Europe. As a native Bostonian with Canadian roots, she recorded her latest album, The Boston States, in Cape Breton in 2016. Under the guidance of producer Wendy MacIsaac (Beolach, Mary Jane Lamond), McNally curated a collection of tunes that draw inspiration from mid-century recordings of Cape Breton fiddlers both in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts. It was lauded as “A superb album, and certainly one of the best modern Cape Breton records of the past ten years” by Irish Music Magazine. In addition to her busy touring schedule, Katie is a devoted educator and is a highly sought-after teacher at many of the most prestigious fiddle programs in the country. Her own school, the Boston States Scottish Fiddle Camp will run for the first time in August 2020.