WINTER HARBOR — U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion in 2016, Seán Heely and his trio will sweep the audience off to Ireland, Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at Hammond Hall. High school students will join the Seán Heely Celtic Trio and sing Celtic songs learned earlier in the day.
A faculty member of West Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat, Seán is equally at home playing a wide variety of musical genres that include: classical, Scottish, Irish, bluegrass and gypsy swing. He has given workshops and classes at camps such as Acadia Trad School. He was selected to compete in the prestigious Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition in August 2017.
Heely has performed with traditional music icons such as Irish fiddler Liz Carroll, Scottish fiddler Pete Clark and cellist virtuoso Natalie Haas. He made his classical solo debut with the Virginia Symphony in 2012 performing Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto.
On Oct. 25, Heely, multi-instrumentalist Kevin Elam and bagpiper Tracy Jenkins will perform a 45-minute concert for elementary-school aged students from within Regional School Unit 24 at Hammond Hall.
The Seán Heely Celtic Trio’s members will explain how song figured in the context of dance, oral history and in the communities of Colonial America. They will perform favorite tunes of Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry (both of whom were fiddlers) and George Washington. Students will learn a chorus or two from the Scots Gaelic song tradition, Irish ballads, and of course everyone’s favorite: “sea chanteys” performed by settlers coming to the New World.
The trio also will demonstrate how these song/tune traditions transformed into American music citing songs from Appalachia and even to Maine.
In the afternoon, the musicians will hold a master’s class for high school students at Hammond Hall. The focus will be vocal ornamentation and stylizing for chorus and show choir.
In the evening, the trio will be the Last Friday Coffeehouse’s featured act at Hammond Hall. Admission is a suggested $15 donation. For more info, call 963-2569 and visit schoodicartsforall.org.