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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Hass Thursday 12 March 2015
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Hass (Scotland & US)

Hosting an Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Hass concert has been on The Bendigo Folk Club's bucket list for a long time. The fact that we are able to bring our patrons the absolute premier artists in their chosen genres from across teh world gives the Club an immense sense of pride. This is one of those occaisions.

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the stunningly talented young Californian cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one. Fraser, internationally recognised as the master of Scottish fiddle, has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic).

Fraser has been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland's music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions.

Twenty-five year old Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn't even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. But this seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfilment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, whose musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music. Four years after attending a fiddle school run by Fraser in the USA, Haas (at age 15) and Fraser played their first gig together. Now regularly touring with Fraser as a duo and creating a buzz at festivals and venues throughout the world, Natalie is in the vanguard of young cellists re-defining the role of the cello in traditional music. "Cellists are coming out of the woodwork to study with Natalie, to learn how she creates a groove and a whole chunky rhythm section," says Fraser. "It's inspiring to hear the cello unleashed from its orchestral shackles!"

The duo's three recordings, Highlander's Farewell (2011), In the Moment and debut CD, Fire and Grace display the duo's dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms, and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes.

Some sound bites from Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Hass:

- St Kilda Wedding

- Highlanders Farewell to Ireland

Alasdair and Natalie's website.

Tickets available at the door - $25 or $20 members and concession.

Advanced ticket purchases are available from TryBooking.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval, View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.


Chris While and Julie Matthews Thursday 19 March 2015
Chris While and Julie Matthews (UK)

Chris While & Julie Matthews have long been one of England's most successful contemporary folk and acoustic music partnerships. Internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the acoustic/roots circuit around the world. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial wastelands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between.

Exceptional singers, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and performers whose dedication to their craft holds no bounds, it is While & Matthews' musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life. As performers they are unrivalled and audiences leave their concerts having been through every emotion possible. Chris and Julie have seven duo albums and a songbook to their credit as well as several solo albums.

Their latest release, Who We Are (2014), is rated as the finest release of their career. capturing the trademark energy of a While and Matthews live performance, along with the lush, fresh sound of a full studio production.

Chris While (VOCALS, GUITAR, BANJO, DULCIMER, BODHRAN AND PERCUSSION) & Julie Matthews (VOCALS, PIANO, GUITAR, MANDOLIN AND BOUZOUKI) are breathtaking singers, songwriters, musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless. They have been hailed the best and most hard working acoustic duo on the folk roots scene.

Though internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the UK's acoustic/roots arts circuit. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial waste lands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. Their songs are covered by many revered singers the world over but it is While & Matthews' musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life. As performers they are unrivalled and their audiences leave their concerts having been through every emotion possible.

Chris and Julie's website.

Tickets available at the door - $25 or $20 members and concession.

Advanced ticket purchases are available from TryBooking.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval, View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.


The Whitetop Mountaineers Friday 10 April 2015
The Whitetop Mountaineers (US)

Direct from the Mountains of Virginia- The Whitetop Mountaineers

For fans of American old time mountain music (and roots music lovers alike), the Whitetop Mountaineers from the hills of Virginia are the genuine article. Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham return to Australia by popular demand. On their previous 4 visits the duo stunned and delighted audiences across the country with their performance of American mountain music, song and dance - they are the 'real deal'. Both are skilled multi-instrumentalists - Jackson on guitar, mandolin & claw hammer banjo, and Martha on fiddle, guitar & banjo. They are both strong vocal performers and their close harmonies are indicative of the old time and bluegrass traditions from which they draw their repertoire. In addition to being a talented musician and singer, Martha is also an exceptional dancer and teacher of the art of Appalachian dance. Jackson is also a highly skilled luthier and his beautiful hand crafted fiddles are in high demand.

"Whether they are performing a honky-tonk duet, an old time ballad or traditional fiddle tune, they always attend to their craft with obvious passion, exuberance, and soul. Martha, quite simply, pours her heart out into every note, and connects with audiences in a manner quite rare among today's performers. Jackson provides the perfect vocal complement, and is also fast becoming one of my most favourite mandolin players." Jon Lohman, Virginia State Folklorist

The Whitetop's website.

Tickets available at the door - $25 or $20 members and concession.

Advanced ticket purchases are available from TryBooking.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval, View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.


The Bombadils Friday 1 May 2015
The Bombadils (Canada)

The Bombadils's website.

Tickets available at the door - $25 or $20 members and concession.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval, View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.