Event type: All Ages / Licensed
"Tunes and Techniques" - This class is designed for beginners and people who have been playing for a little while. In "Tunes and Techniques" we strengthen fundamental skills on the instrument - intonation, sound production and rhythm - through the use of exercises and new repertoire. Students will emerge from this class stronger all-around players.
Dan MacDonald is busy as an in-demand session fiddler for singers, bands and even movie score writers who need the sound of the traditional Scottish/Irish/Cape Breton fiddle in their work. He’s a member of the traditional trio, North Atlantic Drift, and he’s just released his first solo album Rural/Urban. “This is my first solo effort — it’s been a long time coming. People have been telling me to do it for about 10 years so I finally got around to it.”
MacDonald comes from one of Cape Breton’s most musical families. He is the 11th child of Winnie and the late Lloyd MacDonald of Ironville, a family well-known throughout Nova Scotia for skilled musicianship and selling cars. He learned fiddling from his father but every few weeks, he and his younger brother, Martin, also based in Toronto now, would head to Halifax for formal violin and cello lessons. He also studied violin under the late Professor James MacDonald and Kyle MacNeil. In the late 1980s, the family formed Scumalash, a traditional Cape Breton family group that toured through the UK and eventually released an album.
Family ties still run strong with several members of the family playing on the new CD including well-known local fiddler Shaun MacDonald and Marty MacDonald, the youngest, on cello. While half of the album leans towards traditional Cape Breton music, the other half features more varied arrangements.
“The next big thing would be to bring the record down to Cape Breton — hopefully in the late summer or early fall and maybe even for Celtic Colours this year,” says MacDonald.
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Cutoff is Saturday, June 2, 2018 11:29 am EST unless it sells out earlier.