Fiddler leads musical tour of Scotland

March 2, 2012 

A "Musical Journey Through the Scottish Highlands" featuring Jamie Laval, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, with E.J. Jones, bagpipes and flute, and David Brown, baritone guitar, will be at 7 p.m. March 10 at the McCelvey Center, 12 E. Jefferson St. in York.

Laval and company will present a two-hour program of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Quebec and Appalachia, accompanied by Jamie's intricate foot percussion, amusing stories, and observations on the cultural ties linking the Scots-Irish to Appalachia.

Laval's approach to traditional Celtic music blends the simplicity of an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair that resonates with families, youth, seniors and devotees of ethnic, jazz and classical music.

Currently making his home in Asheville, N.C., Laval hails form the Pacific Northwest, where he received his musical training at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

He won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship in 2002.

"Zephyr In The Confetti Factory," his duo album with Ashley Broder won Best World Traditional Song in the 2007 Independent Music Awards Vox Populi.

His newest, "Murmurs and Drones," was released recently.

Tickets are $12 for Culture and Heritage Museum members and $15 general admission. For tickets call 877-369-2290 or 803-329-2121, ext. 107. For more on Laval's music visit www.jamielaval.com.

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