Mairi Rankintaught a Wm Marshall strathspey from the playing of Cape Breton fiddler Howie MacDonald. For details and audio sample, click the button below! Mairi grew up in Cape Breton, a member of the legendary Rankin family, as a fiddler, singer and stepdancer. She has developed her own unique style, toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist, a sideman and as a member of the Cape Breton band Beòlach. She has a solo album and 3 CDs with Beolach.
Jennifer Wrigleyof Orkney taught the Auld Polka from Orkney, with lots of tips on improving sound, energy and technique. She is internationally recognised as one of the leading fiddle players and composers to come out of Scotland in recent years. Her style reflects musicianship passed down from her heroes including traditional players from her Scandinavian-influenced homeland. Her understanding of traditional fiddle style combines with the highest technical standard, “coquettish twists” and “full-blooded expression” (Glasgow Herald).
Neil Pearlman taught an original jig of his in 6/8-9/8. He is best known as an innovative pianist but is also excellent on mandolin and fiddle (and stepdance!). Neil grew up immersed in Scottish and Cape Breton music and dance and is also expert in jazz, funk and other genres. As a leader/teacher he works regularly with the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club orchestra. He performs solo, in a duo with Kevin Henderson, with the Katie McNally Trio, with HST, and with the Fàrsan quartet.
Jenna Reidtaught a great minor reel by Jim Sutherland of Caithness. She grew up in Shetland learned from the late Willie Hunter. Following her music degree, Jenna performed with Dóchas & Deaf Shepherd & is currently a member of Blazin’ Fiddles, and the innovative fiddle quartet Rant. She has taught regularly, including at Blazin in Beauly and Shetland Fiddle Frenzy. Her fifth solo album was recently released.
Troy MacGillivrayworked on 2 strathspey. Troy’s a brilliant Cape Breton fiddler, pianist and stepdancer from Nova Scotia. He’s been featured at many festivals including Celtic Connections in Scotland, East Coast Music Awards, Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton, the Barbados Celtic Festival and the Edinburgh Fiddle Festival.
Jani Langwill teach two tunes, a traditional Gypsy tune and a more modern/traditional-style tune learned from Marius Otves of Romania (they’ll both perform after the workshop). Jani is a Hungarian fiddler living in Glasgow, performing and helping the local Roma community to build bridges between them and the mainstream Scottish culture. He moved to Scotland to follow his love of Celtic music only to find himself tapping back into his roots playing Romanian, Hungarian and Gypsy fiddling.
Cookie Segelstein taught an upbeat klezmer tune along with ideas about ornaments, and the slow doina form with its modes and phrases. Cookie is the founder of the band Veretski Pass, and fiddler with many other top klezmer bands. She has taught workshops round the world, and has been featured in an ABC documentary and a film starring Robert DeNiro. She has taught fiddle at klezmer workshops round the world.
Kevin Hendersonwill teach a Shetland reel or two. Kevin’s playing draws on the rich fiddle music tradition of his native Shetland and his experience with great bands including Boys of the Lough, Fiddlers Bid, Session A9 and Nordic Fiddlers Bloc to create an expressive and adventurously individual musical style.