New Hamsphire Fiddle Workshop with Randy Miller
Combining sounds from his adopted state of New Hampshire with Irish and Cape Breton Celtic styles, Randy plays 'New Hamptic'
Saturday , November 15, 2008
Location: Elderly Instruments
Randy's musical style is influenced by the fiddling of Paddy Cronin, Sean McGuire, Simon St. Pierre, and Jerry Holland, all of whom he has been fortunate to visit with and hear in person. These great players inspired him to learn the fiddle while acquiring his own style of bowing and ornamentation. Combining sounds from his adopted state of New Hampshire with Irish and Cape Breton Celtic styles, Randy plays 'New Hamptic.'
An avid dancer steeped in the robust, pulsating contra style of the Monadnock region, Randy phrases the melody with a dancer's sensibility. He has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad at numerous venues including the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Star Hampshire Dance Weekend, Gypsy Moon Ball, Lady of the Lake, and the Shetland Folk Festival. Randy teaches fiddle and has been designated a Master Teacher of Contra Dance Music by the N.H. State Council on the Arts.
Randy also collects and publishes fiddle tunes under the imprint, Fiddlecase Books. His latest CD is entitled The Fiddler's Throne with Tom Hodgson and David Loney, and is a companion to his tune book of the same name.
Randy will be accompanied by piano player Eric Anderson of San Francisco. From beginnings in a friendly Sunday afternoon jam band in North Carolina, through Cathie Whitesides' marvelous dance music workshops in Seattle and study under Terry Wergeland of Singularity, he's played in dozens of small community halls across the Pacific Northwest. Eric also plays with Alan Roberts and Sande Gillette of Seattle, with Lee Anne Welch of Saratoga, California, as Bandemonium!, and with Caroline McCaskey and her band, The Fiddlerats. Eric will be available to work with keyboard players at the workshop.
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