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The Battlefield Band (Central Belt)
—Important four-member group that has played a central role in the Scottish folk revival over last three decades. Although undergoing changes in personnel over the years, Battlefield continues to write important new and innovative material. The band's extensive touring schedule makes it one of the best-known Scottish traditional bands to American audiences.
Dr. Valentina Bold (Dumfries)
—Folklorist and Head of Scottish Studies of the Crichton Campus of the University of Glasgow, in Dumfries. Dr. Bold will assist with artist presentation and interviews during the Festival.
City of Washington Pipe Band (Washington, D.C.)
—A "local band," City of Washington is an internationally respected and award-winning "Grade 1" ensemble. They will help us welcome the Scottish performers, participants, and visiting dignitaries to the United States.
Phil Cunningham (Portobello/Inverness)
—One of the leading figures in Scottish traditional music and co-founder of the seminal 1970s band Silly Wizard and the 1980s supergroup Relativity, Cunningham is an accomplished accordionist and a respected composer as well as a central figure in the world of Scottish music. He will be performing by himself and with his brother Johnny Cunningham.
Johnny Cunningham (Portobello/Massachusetts)
—An extraordinary fiddler, composer, and entertainer, Johnny Cunningham was a co-founder of Silly Wizard, member of such noted groups as Relativity and Night Noise, and a mainstay of numerous Masters of Celtic Fiddle tours in the United States. Cunningham was based in New England, toured extensively and was a regular headliner at international festivals and concert series. In memoriam 12/15/03.
Fiddlers' Bid (Shetland & Fair Isle)
—Hot young eight-member fiddle-based band from Shetland dedicated to both old and new Shetland traditional music. Fiddlers' Bid has begun to tour internationally, but this will be their introduction to American audiences. They were selected both for their considerable artistry and as enthusiastic and knowledgeable representatives of Shetlandic culture. www.users.zetnet.co.uk/fiddlers_bid
Cilla Fisher (Kingskettle, Fife)
—Renowned singer of Scottish traditional songs and ballads and participant in the recent Celtic Women's tour, Fisher is a member of one of Scotland's leading folk music families. In addition to her role as a member of The Singing Kettle (see below), she will be participating on her own in Festival workshops and concerts.
Alasdair Fraser (Scotland/California)
—One of Scotland's finest fiddlers and performers, Fraser is revered by Celtic music lovers on both sides of the Atlantic. Fraser is also an exceptional teacher and a brilliant exponent of new directions for Scottish music. He will be joined by Natalie Hass on cello. www.alasdairfraser.com
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