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Now playing IRISH as well as Scottish in new group, CELTIC Fiddlers & Friends!

TO: lovers of Celtic music in the Asheville, NC area!

I’m hoping that you, or someone you know, may be interested in hearing about a group just recently formed in Asheville.

Celtic Fiddlers & Friends consists of entirely acoustic and traditional Celtic instruments: fiddle, tin whistle, harp, bodhran, bouzouki, smallpipes, concertina, piano, guitar. We are not new to our instruments, just relatively new to Celtic music. We formed this year during five months of weekly instruction by excellent local teachers Jamie Laval, EJ Jones, Nora Garver, and Laurie Fisher. Our focus at first was entirely Scottish music; we have JUST broadened that scope to include Irish as well~! Some of us capped off our five months of schooling with a wonderful experience at the Gathering. (My teachers were Mari Black and Colin Farrell. Oh my.)

We meet in a spacious and very inviting room at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (directions given below) every Thursday evening, 7:00-9:00 pm (summer hours). There, we continue to enjoy our music, build our skills and play list, treasure our friendships, and take pride and pleasure in developing Asheville’s first and only Scottish/Irish session designed and maintained specifically for relative newcomers to the genre. If you would enjoy learning to play this delightful music in a friendly and supportive environment, this is an excellent time to join us, and you are warmly invited!

Sheet music and audio/video recordings will be provided by email for every tune we play, beginning with those listed below. Because we will be learning new tunes every week, those of us who benefit from printed music are welcome to bring it (along with a music stand). Our plan, in time, is to learn to play every tune without visual aids, to encourage better communication, camaraderie, and musical expression. But we respect differences in learning styles and will not frown on methods different from our own.

Our next session will be at St. Mary’s, THIS Thursday, July 25, 7:00-9:00 pm, and every Thursday thereafter.

Please give me your suggestions and questions. I hope that you, or someone you know, will consider joining us as we grow this group!

828.298.1090 (home)
828.702.1901 (iPhone)
Ale Is Dear (Bm), reel
Atholl Highlanders (A), jig
Auld Lang Syne (D), song
Barrowburn (D), reel
Burning of the Piper’s Hut (D), strathspey
Cutty’s Wedding (Bm)
Da Slockit Light (D)
Flett from Flotta (A), march
Flowers of Edinburgh (G), reel
Fowl (Cock) o’ the North (A), jig
Frank’s Reel (A), reel
Hector the Hero (D, A-modal), air
High Road to Linton (A-modal), reel
Jamie Laval’s Welcome to Glasgow (D), strathspey
Jig of Slurs (D/G), jig
Mason’s Apron, reel (A)
Miss McLeod (A), reel
Neil Gow’s Lament for the Death of His Second Wife (D)
Orange and Blue (D), strathspey
Reconciliation (A), reel
Scotland the Brave (A), march
Silver Hand, jig (Em)
Smith’s a Gallant Fireman (D), strathspey
Timour the Tartar (A), reel
CELTIC FIDDLERS & FRIENDS sessions are held every Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 (north) Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801

From Interstate 40 or Interstate 26:
Take I-240
Exit 5B, Charlotte Street
Turn north
St. Mary’s is .8 mile on the right at the corner of Macon Ave. and Charlotte St.

There is a PARKING LOT behind the church. From Charlotte St. driving north, turn right on Evelyn Alley into the parking lot. (Ignore "Dead End" signage.)
But it would be closer to PARK ON THE STREET if you can. As you face the church from the street, walk along its right side to the open double doors on the ground floor. The room is called Mercer Hall. It will be open by 6:30 every Thursday.

Re: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

This session has been MOVED:

ANNOUNCING a new opportunity to hear live, energizing, uplifting Celtic music—both Irish and Scottish!—at no charge, in a sweet little cidery in west Asheville called Urban Orchard West.

CIDERCELTS consists of whistle, hammered dulcimer, fiddles, guitars, and bodhran. Nine of us will play this Thursday, February 27, 6:30-8:30pm. Most or all of us will play every 2nd and 4th Thursday at the same time and place.

Urban Orchard WEST (not South Slope), 210 Haywood ROAD (not Street), 28806. FREE PARKING in front and in back of the cidery. Also may PARK FREE in the upholstery shop’s parking lot up the hill to the right as you face the cidery (just don’t block any doors).

The cidery serves very good sandwiches, salads, soups, and appetizers, and fine sweet or 6%-alcohol award-winning ciders (made with Hendersonville apples!), along with a few wine and craft beer choices. This inviting venue is clean, warm, cozy, and very friendly!

A sandwich, a cider, a friend or two, and happy Celtic music. All this while we support a friendly local family-owned and operated award-winning business!

Y’all come!

Janet Parkerson