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      Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival: House of Hamill, and Liz Carroll with Nic Gareiss and Harpist Maeve Gilchrist in East Lansing


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      January 31, 2020

      Friday   7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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      Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival: House of Hamill, and Liz Carroll with Nic Gareiss and Harpist Maeve Gilchrist

      Chicagos premier Irish Fiddler, Liz Carroll is joined by Harpest Maeve Gilchrist, and Lansings own dance phenom Nic Gareiss. BrilliantShe does more than run through her fingertwisting reels and sustained slow airs. Carroll and her listeners continually rediscover each melody. -The New York Times A show-stopperthe most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene. The nimble Gareiss called forth visions of Fred Astaire. Daniel Gewertz, The Boston Herald Liz is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship Award (1994). In 2010 she became the first Irish-American musician nominated for a Grammy. In 2011 she became the first American-born composer honored with the Cumadóir TG4, Irelands most significant traditional music prize. www.lizcarroll.com Nic Gareiss is a performer, teacher and researcher examining the cultural employment of the human body as a musical instrument. His work re-imagines aesthetic movement as a musical activity, morphing dance into a medium that appeals to both the eyes and the ears. An enduring fascination with dance practices that create audible foot rhythm and the remarkable concurrent existence of percussive dance in so many disparate cultures has driven Gareiss to study shoe-sounds and grooves internationally, tracing the roots of American traditional dance abroad. Informed by 20 years of study and performance, Nics dancing reflects his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. www.nicgareiss.com MAEVE GILCHRIST, harpist, singer, composer and producer Described by one critic as a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity, Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic (lever) harp to new levels of performance and visibility. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Maeves innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. She is as at home as a soloist with an internationally renowned orchestra as she is playing with a traditional Irish folk group or using electronic augmentation in a more contemporary, improvisatory setting. /www.maevegilchristmusic.com HOUSE OF HAMMIL: Intricate, unpredictable arrangements of traditional songs and fiddle tunes; compelling and catchy original songs and completely unexpected covers - Philadelphia's ""House of Hamill"" will keep you guessing (and laughing) and leave you with a whole new appreciation for what a fiddle can do in traditional and contemporary music. Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania. Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the International Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born. Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have almost 30 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible. Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album ""Wide Awake"" (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels from their follow-up ""March Through Storms"" (2018), their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. In the summer of 2018, their quirky all-violin cover of ""Sweet Child Of Mine"" went viral, amassing over 15 million views and more than 400,000 shares on Facebook in just a few weeks, and was picked up by publications all over the world. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.


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