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Traditional Music and Song

may, 2022

sat07may8:30 pm10:30 pmTim Edey, Mairi Rankin and Eric Wright with Kevin BurkeBaltimore Fiddle Fair8:30 pm - 10:30 pm Fiddle Fair Marquee, Baltimore

Event Details

The Baltimore Fiddle Fair in conjunction with Music Network brings together an extraordinary trio of musicians from both sides of the Atlantic for this concert. Canadian Folk Awards’ Instrumental Group of the Year for 2019, Mairi Rankin and Eric Wright, join renowned multi-instrumentalist Tim Edey (BBC Radio 2’s Musician of the Year 2012 and BBC Alba/Scotland Musician of the Year for 2020) in a performance showcasing the very best of Cape Breton fiddling, old time cello, and simply awe-inspiring guitar and melodeon playing.

Mairi Rankin is one of the hugely influential Rankin Family – legends on the Canadian music scene – she plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances. Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Mairi has been influenced by some of Cape Breton’s best traditional musicians. She has developed her own unique style by being immersed in such a rich musical culture. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist, a sideman and is a member of the Cape Breton Celtic super group, Beolach. She has performed with the Rankin Sisters, Unusual Suspects and Bruce Guthro to name but a few.

Eric Wright, cellist of The Fretless fame, joins Cape Breton fiddler Mairi Rankin in an inspired pairing. The duo has been collaborating on several music projects. Eric Wright picked up the cello at age 7, and began his musical career as a classically trained musician. By 13, he was teaching group and private lessons in Vermont, while playing in numerous chamber groups and orchestras. While he loved classical music, his father’s background in Irish and Old Time American fiddling was what really drew him in. Eric attended the Berklee College of Music where he studied folk styles and graduated as a professional music major, focusing on Irish cello performance.

Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Tim Edey, is rated by many as one of the finest melodoen and guitar players in the folk scene today! He has toured and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Ross Ainslie, Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Capercaillie, Michael McGoldrick, Séamus Begley, Dougie Maclean, Kevin Burke, Liam Ó Maonlai, Shaun Davey, Lunasa, Mary Black, Julie Fowlis and Frankie Gavin.

​Originally from Broadstairs in Kent and of Irish descent. Tim honed his style learning from his father Richard, a fine guitarist, and listening to Ed Boyd, Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt. He has lived in Ireland and now resides in Perthshire, Scotland with his family.

Kevin Burke is one of the finest living Irish fiddlers. Born in London to Sligo parents in 1950, he has been at the forefront of traditional Irish music for over 50 years as a soloist, as a member of The Bothy Band and Patrick Street and as a ‘sideman’ with Andy Irvine and Paul Brady. In 2002 he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from America’s National Endowment for the Arts – the most prestigious honour for folk and traditional arts in the United States. In 2016, Kevin was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil as Musician of the Year. Kevin made his debut in McCarthy’s Bar in Baltimore back in 1997.

Tickets, each costing €35/€30/€25 plus €1 fee, are available from https://fiddlefair.com/mairi-rankin-and-eric-wright-with-tim-edey.

Time

(Saturday) 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Location

Fiddle Fair Marquee

Baltimore

Organizer

Baltimore Fiddle Fair

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