Standing Room Only Season Finale features Scottish Roots Superstars
The Season Finale of the Standing Room Only concert series takes place on Saturday, April 16 at 7pm with the Scottish Roots music of Atlantic Seaway. The concert musically demonstrates how Scottish traditional music has influenced or formed the foundation of American music. SRO concerts take place at 326 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. Tickets are available online at www.ticketpeak.com/sro or by calling 339-203-9366.
Musicians include vocalist, Maureen McMullan Schroder, Màiri Chaimbeul on Celtic harp, fiddler Eden Forman, piper Bob Cameron, Neil Pearlman on mandolin and keyboard, Lucas Pool on banjo, and the award winning ensemble, Twisted Pine.
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Program elements include solo bagpiping playing on Great Highland pipes, Lowland pipes, and Scottish Smallpipes; Waulking songs – Highland work songs for making tweed; Robert Burns songs; Clogging and Cape Breton Step Dancing; Sea Shanties; Bluegrass/Old Timey; Cowboy songs; Puirt á beul – Highland “mouth music” for dancing; songs that migrated directly, including Auld Lang Syne and Wayfaring Stranger; and much more.
Following the concert is an artist reception with various nibbles, including a tasting of haggis. The reception is free to subscribers and $10 for single ticket buyers.
Atlantic Seaway is one of the dynamic musical programs of the Alliance of Scottish Roots Music, which evolved from the research of Lawrence E. Bethune and Mark Sheridan. Bethune and Sheridan are world-renowned educators, composers and musicians. Bethune retired from Berklee College of Music in 2015 after 44 years at the college as a professor and vice president. His family emigrated from Scotland to Carolina in 1774. Sheridan is a professor at the University of the Highlands & The Islands in Scotland and for many years was head of music at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He was born and raised in South Uist in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland and lives in Edinburgh.
Atlantic Seaway has performed at some of the world’s most respected Celtic music festivals, events, and Highland Games in the USA, Europe and Scotland such as: Celtic Connections Festival, Scotland, UK; The Festival Interceltique De Lorient, Brittany, France; New Hampshire Highland Games; The American-Scottish Foundation’s Robert Burns gala at the University Club in NYC; The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA’s “A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures” at the Metropolitan Club, NYC; and for the Breton Society of New York City. During Tartan Week in NYC in 2012, the Alliance for Scottish Roots Music received the annual Great Scot Award from The National Trust for Scotland for making significant contributions to the advancement of Scottish culture.
For over 30 years, Bob Cameron has been playing and composing for Great Highland Bagpipes, Lowland Bagpipes and Scottish Small pipes. He is well known for having a wide repertoire of Scottish, Irish, American, and other tunes as well as original compositions. He is a member of the Lowland and Border Pipers Society and has won several awards for performance and composition.
Màiri Chaimbeul is a harp player and composer from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Described by Folk Radio UK as “astonishing,” she is known for her versatile sound, which combines a deep-rooted sense of Gaelic tradition with a distinctive improvising voice and honed classical technique. Màiri has toured throughout the UK and in Europe as well as in the USA, was twice-nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and finalist in the BBC Young Traditional & Jazz Musician of the Year and has been a full-scholarship student at Berklee College of Music since September 2012, where she was awarded the American Roots Award.
From Hamilton, Massachusetts, Eden Forman fell in love with Old time at nine years old and at 16 she bought her first Banjo, a nylon string no-name with a horse shoe on it. It was love at first frail. While she primarily plays fiddle, she still enjoys picking up and plunking around on one of the many banjos around the house. Eden graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2014 and is a talented and expressive singer. She finds her musical home in American Old Time Fiddle, but her repertoire extends into many directions. She has a background in Scottish Music and won the US Junior Scottish Fiddle Championship as a teenager in 2004. She now makes her home in Portland, ME where she performs, teaches, and is a woodworker at the Ozark Banjos Company.
Pianist and mandolinist Neil Pearlman has distinguished himself as a uniquely innovative artist in the contemporary traditional music scene. Called “a tremendous pianist” on BBC Radio Scotland and “a force to be reckoned with” by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan, Neil is recognized in many Celtic music circles for his unique approach to the piano. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano styles, Neil brings in ideas from many other genres and the result is an exciting new sound that remains true to its traditional roots. An accomplished Cape Breton step dancer as well, Neil grew up in Portland, ME in the family band Highland Soles, led by father and mother Ed Pearlman and Laura Scott, both influential Scottish music and dance figures in the US. Neil has performed with Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Bruce MacGregor, Natalie Haas, Mike Block, Seamus Connolly, Kimberley Fraser, Maeve Gilchrist, Hanneke Cassel and Mike Vass, opened for Archie Fisher, split a bill with Jerry Holland and worked closely with many others.
Lukas Pool grew up in Mountain View, Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains where he started playing banjo at the age of 12. Most nights were spent on the courthouse square with his friends and family learning and growing with the music. His father, Scott Pool, began building banjos when Lukas was young and taught him the ins and outs of woodworking, instrument repair, and building banjos. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2012 Lukas has had the honor of winning the National Old-Time Banjo Championship twice, touring the US and Europe, recording, and teaching at Berklee as a guest professor. Lukas now lives in Maine and owns the Ozark Banjo Company where he builds banjos, plays, and teaches.
Born and raised in Coatbridge, Scotland, Maureen McMullan Schroder is an award-winning professional musician, educator, and arts consultant. She recently left her job as an Artist-in-Residence and Music Archivist for the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA and as a member of the musical ensemble Atlantic Seaway. Her ambassadorial role at the NTSUSA is to advance and promote Scottish Roots Music and culture in North America and to raise awareness for the mission of the NTSUSA and the National Trust for Scotland. Maureen is now the Assistant Chair of the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music and an Artist Fellow of the St. Botolph Club, Boston. Maureen was a lead vocalist in the hit PBS TV music special “Highland Heartbeat:” and has sung several times Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall.
Twisted Pine is a wild and unpredictable bluegrass band delivering powerful vocal harmonies, hard-driving rhythms, and virtuosic musicianship. Based in Boston, the band is composed of Dan Bui on mandolin, Ricky Mier on banjo, Kathleen Parks on fiddle and vocals, Chris Sartori on bass, and Rachel Sumner on guitar and vocals. The band formed while studying at Berklee College of Music. After realizing the incredible chemistry they had together the band secured a monthly residency at The Cantab Lounge where they honed their chops, repertoire, and group sound. Quickly becoming immersed in the vibrant Boston bluegrass community, Twisted Pine has performed on the main stages of major festivals such as Greyfox Bluegrass Festival, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Green River Festival, FreshGrass Festival, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, and more. In 2014 they won both the FreshGrass and Thomas Point Beach band competitions. Recently, the band received a grant from the Iguana Music Fund at Club Passim to record their debut full length album at Compass Records Studio. They were nominated for the 2015 IBMA Band Performance Momentum Award and tied for first place in the RockyGrass band competition. They are now in artist development at Signature Sounds.
Tickets to Atlantic Seaway: a Scottish Roots Celebration are $32, $27 for 65+ and students, and they can be ordered online at www.ticketpeak.com/sro or by mail (check made to “Wakefield UU Church”) sent to SRO/Wakefield UU Church, PO Box 529, Wakefield, MA 01880. For additional information on the upcoming season, visit www.ticketpeak.com/sro or call 339-203-9366.
“From the upper right, going clockwise: piper Bob Cameron, fiddler Eden Forman, vocalist Maureen McMullan Schroder, Màiri Chaimbeul on Celtic harp; Lucas Pool on banjo; Neil Pearlman on mandolin and keyboard, the award winning ensemble, Twisted Pine, and finally, Eden Forman and Lucas Pool together.”