Introduction

Blazin’ in Boston – October 26-28th 2012 at Club Passim

Look out America! The Blazers are coming! Blazin’ in Boston is the wee sister of Scotland’s Blazin’ in Beauly, the award winning music school Blazin’ Fiddles set up over a decade ago. Blazin’ Fiddles are the world’s most prolific fiddle band, and have been described as the Led Zepellin of Scottish music – each band member is full of fun and full of music – and over the course of the weekend you will have the opportunity to be immersed in the Scottish musical tradition by those who have been steeped in the rich culture of the Highlands & Islands since birth.

Their music school is renowned in the UK, and is easily the biggest and most successful of it’s kind over there, and so the band are delighted to be exporting it across the pond to meet and enjoy the craic with Scottish music lovers based on the other side of the world.

Meet the Band

Bruce MacGregor (@blazinbruce)

Bruce MacGregorBruce not only is the founding member of Blazin’ Fiddles, he also set up Blazin’ in Beauly in Scotland too. A native of Inverness, he was taught by the mighty Donald Riddell CBE as a child, and has gone on to be one of Scotland’s most prolific fiddle players and composers. He also presents BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship traditional music show, Travelling Folk.

Find out more: www.brucemacgregor.co.uk

Allan Henderson

Allan HendersonAllan is a multi-instrumentalist from the West Highlands and was taught by Angus Grant. He is very much in the vanguard of interest in the native Gaelic culture of his home region, and was steeped in the piping tradition growing up which you’ll hear in his style of playing. He has been performing with Blazin’ Fiddles since it’s inception, and tours the country with other notable artists, as well as working at the Scottish Gaelic College, Sabhal Mor Ostaig.

Iain MacFarlane

Iain MacFarlaneIain was brought up in Glenfinnan and was taught fiddle by his father Charlie MacFarlane as well as by Donald Riddell CBE. He was also immersed in the piping tradition growing up, and has since gone on to be the principle fiddle tutor at the Music School of Excellence in Plockton. He also keeps himself busy by running the Old Laundry Production Studios with his wife Ingrid Henderson.

Find out more: www.oldlaundryproductions.com

Jenna Reid (@jennareidmusic)

Jenna ReidJenna is undoubtedly one of the brightest talents on the Scottish music scene, and was taught by Dr Tom Anderson MBE and Willie Hunter in her native Shetland. Having performed with the likes of Dochas, The Unusual Suspects, Filska and Deaf Shepherd, Jenna joined Blazin’ Fiddles a couple of years ago and also appears on The Transatlantic Sessions series.

Find out more: www.jennaandbethanyreid.co.uk

Anna Massie (@abmassie)

Anna MassieNow this is a woman with an unbelievable amount of talent! She excels playing fiddle, mandolin and tenor banjo, although you’re most likely to see her play guitar with the Blazers with her unique rhythmic style. She performs in a duo with Mairearad Green, as well as with the likes of Karen Matheson, Kate Rusby, Eddi Reader, Capercaillie and the Unusual Suspects. In 2003 she was named the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

Find out more: www.annamassie.com

Angus Lyon (@anguslyon14)

Angus LyonAngus really is one of the UK’s most original and innovative accordion players, but in Blazin’ Fiddles you’ll see him extend that originality and innovation to the piano, and he brings some fantastic joie de vivre to the band! His collaborations with Ruairidh Campbell have seen their album be regarded as a Classic by Celtic Connections, and was the Glasgow Herald’s Folk Album of the Year.

Find out more: www.anguslyon.co.uk

Classes

Fiddle Workshops

Level 1 – easier tunes are learnt by ear at a slower pace
Level 2 – easier tunes are learnt by ear at a moderate pace
Level 3 – more difficult tunes are learnt by ear at a moderate pace
Level 4 – more difficult tunes are learnt by ear at an advanced level

Bruce MacGregor – Highland tunes
Iain MacFarlane – West Highland tunes
Allan Henderson – pipe tunes played on the fiddle
Jenna Reid – Shetland tunes

You will be taught by each Blazer over the course of the weekend. Music sheets will be provided where possible. Requests can be made for the music to be sent via email later. You are welcome to record the classes.

A weekend fiddle pass is $130 and can be bought here (please select your playing level):

Guitar Workshops

Anna Massie will lead these workshops held over two days (Saturday & Sunday) and will focus on guitar arrangements and groupwork.

A guitar weekend workshop pass is $50 and can be bought here

Piano Workshops

Angus Lyon will lead these workshops held over two days (Saturday & Sunday) and will focus on piano arrangements and groupwork

A piano weekend workshop pass is $50 and can be bought here

Location

Club Passim is a great place to hear live music, as well as learn at their School of Music. To find out how to get there for Blazin’ in Boston, click here

You can contact Club Passim by calling 617-492-5300 or visit their website at www.passim.org

Enrol

A weekend FIDDLE pass is $130, and you will be taught by each Blazer over the weekend.  A workshop pass can be bought here (please select your playing level):

Level 1
Friday, 10/26: 10AM – 1PM
Saturday, 10/27: 10AM – 1PM
Sunday, 10/28: 10AM – 11:30AM

Level 2
Friday, 10/26: 10AM – 1PM
Saturday, 10/27: 10AM – 1PM
Sunday, 10/28: 10AM – 11:30AM

Level 3
Friday, 10/26: 1:30PM – 4:30PM
Saturday, 10/27: 1:30PM – 4:30PM
Sunday, 10/28: 11:30AM – 1PM

Level 4
Friday, 10/26: 1:30PM – 4:30PM
Saturday, 10/27: 1:30PM – 4:30PM
Sunday, 10/28: 11:30AM – 1PM

 

A weekend GUITAR pass is $50 and can be bought here. This class runs on Saturday & Sunday only.

A weekend PIANO pass is $50 and can be bought here. This class runs on Saturday & Sunday only.

Concerts

As part of the whole weekend, Blazin’ Fiddles will perform twice in two special concerts! Expect amazing performances, plenty laughs and of course, a few rather special guests to celebrate the very first Blazin’ in Boston…

Friday, October 26th at 8pm: Tickets are $20 and can be reserved here

Sunday, October 28th at 8pm: Tickets are $20 and can be reserved here

Check them out performing at their sell out show at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in 2012…

 

You can buy their CDs in advance at the Blazin’ Fiddles shop or via iTunes

Contact

If you have any queries that relate to booking the classes, the concerts or how to get to Club Passim, you should contact Club Passim by calling 617-492-5300 or visit their website at www.passim.org

If you would like to contact any of the band members regarding their teaching at Blazin’ in Boston, you can Tweet or Facebook them (links at the top of the page) or email fiddle@blazininboston.com

 

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