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SFMS Online:Fàrsan

Saturday, May 29, 2021 Virtual Concert 7:30 pm Eastern

About This Event:

Powered by four of the brightest voices in a new generation of traditional folk music, Fàrsan unites song, dance and instrumental music from the Gaelic traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton. Their unique blend of fiddle, pipes, whistles, piano and accordion with percussive stepdance and puirt-à-beul brings a sparkling energy to every performance.

Fàrsan

Powered by four of the brightest voices in a new generation of traditional folk music, Fàrsan unites song, dance and instrumental music from the Gaelic traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton. Their unique blend of fiddle, pipes, whistles, piano and accordion with percussive stepdance and puirt-à-beul brings a sparkling energy to every performance.

Working around travel challenges imposed by covid, this show will be a one-of-a-kind chance to meet these four fantastic young musicians. We'll start with a pre-recorded concert by the full band, then we'll journey to each member's home for four solo mini-concerts. A conversation with a SFMS member rounds out the evening. Since in Gaelic the band's name means to range or ramble, the format is fitting!

About the Musicians

Màiri Britton is a talented singer, step dancer and harpist. Her love of the Gaelic language was sparked at the age of five, and it has shaped a journey from her hometown of Edinburgh to the Hebrides, Ireland, and now to Nova Scotia where she teaches Gaelic at St. Francis Xavier University. Màiri is also a member of Scottish four-piece Gaelic trad group, Huradal, and has shared the stage with many notable Celtic musicians.

Elias Alexander is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and actor, with a career that places him at the creative forefront of contemporary Celtic music in the US. Elias also fronts nine-piece Afro-Celtic funk band, Soulsha, and performs with cutting-edge trio MAC. He tours extensively throughout the US, has appeared at major festivals, and like Màiri has also performed with several greats of the Celtic world.

Katie McNally has made waves in both the American folk music scene and abroad, with an elegant and powerful style that's inspired by mid-century field recordings and sculpted by the creative energy of the Boston acoustic music scene. Hailed as "the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA" by The Living Tradition, she's a longtime member of the cross genre fiddle super-group Childsplay, and has collaborated with guitarist Eric McDonald, famed Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez, and the all-woman trad group, Long Time Courting.

Neil Pearlman is a vital and distinctive voice in contemporary traditional music. A multi-instrumentalist, stepdancer and host of podcast TradCafe, he's been performing and touring since childhood. His unique approach to piano is rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano stylesbut adds jazz harmony and the syncopations of funk, Cuban, and Brazilian dance music. Legendary Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland said, “watching Neil’s hands on the piano was like watching two spiders on crack!”

Fàrsan

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Concert: 7:30 pm US Eastern Time

  • $20 suggested donation
  • $25 supporter donation
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