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Celtic Fiddle Festival: Music for a Found Harmonium • Fairfield, Iowa

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Cafe Paradiso in Fairfield, Iowa, April 20, 2014: Three of the world's leading fiddlers of any genre, Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany), and André Brunet (Québec) accompanied by Breton guitarist extraordinaire Nicholas Quemenerare known as The Celtic Fiddle Festival. They marked twenty years of touring the world to rave reviews with their sixth recording, Live in Brittany. Each have branded their names onto the pages of history through their membership in the most innovative and exciting seminal bands of their respective traditions, The Bothy Band, Kornog, and La Bottine Souriante. Fairfield audiences recently witnessed Kevin Burke's mesmerizingly fluid fiddling and endearingly wry humor as an unaccompanied soloist. Living in Portland, OR, Kevin is a recipient of the NEA's National Heritage Award. Christian Lemaître honed his remarkable skills playing the hypnotic Breton melodies at festou-noz (night dances) throughout Brittany, the Celtic region of France. From Quebec, the young André Brunet has rapidly gained acclaim in world music circles for his infectious playing, personality, and simultaneous Quebecois clogging. Currently a member of Les Temps Antan, André was a featured performer in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. They have toured for 20 years and recorded 6 albums under the name Celtic Fiddle Festival. "Mesmerizing...Celtic Fiddle Festival ratchets up the temperature as they ricochet through everything from magnificent Québecois tunes to Breton marches to the Irish tradition." —Siobhán Long, The Irish Times. Called "three of the finest folk violinists anywhere" by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations, showcasing a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. Video produced by Werner Elmker Audio-Visual Studio • elmker.com