“…elegant, graceful…Cassel’s tunes capture the mixture of sadness and hope found in much Scottish and Irish music and give it a fresh West coast spin.” – Dirty Linen Magazine7:30 pm $16. Center for Well-Being, Lemont.
Hanneke Cassel, Mike Block & Keith Murphy – Nov
Former U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Hanneke Cassel will team up with contemporary cellist Mike Block and guitarist/vocalist Keith Murphy to offer a night of innovative Scottish and Irish fiddle music and songs from Eastern Canada and Quebec. Cassel and Block, recently married, are at the forefront of the contemporary fiddle and cello scenes in America playing and composing new tunes that retain the integrity and soul of traditional music. Cassel is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, holds a bachelor of music degree in violin performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught all over the globe. Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator. While still studying at the Juilliard School, Block joined Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and shortly thereafter also joined Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio, which he played in for more than three years. A native of Newfoundland, singer/guitarist Murphy, known for his work with the bands Nightingale, Childsplay and Assembly, has a sophisticated approach to old ballads and songs, and fills out fiddle tunes with his guitar style as well as contributing traditional and original songs.