"Exuberant and rhythmic somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel's playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China, and India.
Hanneke's latest release, Dot the Dragon's Eyes, features an all-star cast of musicians - including Mike Block, Rushad Eggleston, Jeremy Kittel, Keith Murphy, Christopher Lewis, Dave Wiesler, Ryan McKasson, Cali McKasson Kovin, and Ariel Friedman. Influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island fuse together with grooves and musical innovations from the hip Boston bluegrass/Americana scene to give Hanneke a uniquely American approach to Scottish music. She creates sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music, while retaining the integrity and soul of the tradition.
Hanneke will be accompanied by pianist Dave Wiesler who is highly regarded for his rhythmic and innovative playing, his versatility in different styles of music, and his expansive musical imagination. A regular performer for over two decades throughout the mid-Atlantic, Dave is at home in music for contra dance, English dance, Scottish dance, waltz, Viennese and vintage ballroom, classical and romantic music, swing dance, and as a concert and choral accompanist. He has played at numerous music and dance camps and festivals across the country, as well as in Canada, Scotland, England, and France, and his playing and compositions are featured on two dozen recordings.
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