Called "three of the finest folk violinists anywhere" by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations on their new CD, Équinoxe. Recorded in and Quebec, Équinoxe will be released on February 12, 2008. It is the group's fifth CD and first on Burke's new Loftus Music label, following a string of acclaimed recordings on Green Linnet. Celtic Fiddle Festival will embark on an American tour in late February and March (see below for dates).
Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and André Brunet (Quebec), accompanied by English musician Ged Foley on guitar, showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of individual styles. With Lemaitre's hypnotic Breton melodies and newest member Brunet (La Bottine Souriante) bringing his foot-stomping French-Canadian tunes, the "Celtic" festival takes on a French flair. The group weaves music from Quebec, Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Sweden and more into complex arrangements, performed with the precision of a chamber quartet or the rip-roaring force of an international hoe-down.
Celtic Fiddle Festival began as a tour in 1992 with original members Burke, Lemaitre and the legendary Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham. With Cunningham's untimely death in 2003, the band was left with an impossible hole to fill in their line-up and hearts. Young Brunet stepped in, lifting tempos and spirits. The band released an album in 2004, Play On (Green Linnet), dedicated to Cunningham. "Johnny's were big-hearted shoes to fill," wrote Irish Music Magazine editor Sean Laffey, "but Brunet wears them like old loafers, comfortable and agile, like he's always been there."
Celtic Fiddle Festival Tour 2008
02-23-08 Wolf Trap Barns, Vienna, VA
02-24-08 Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
02-26-08 Old Songs, Voorheesville, NY
02-27-08 Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
02-29-08 Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling, NY
03-01-08 Columbus Performing Arts Center, Columbus, OH
03-02-08 Old Town School of Music, Chicago, IL
03-07-08 Langley High School Auditoruim, Langley, Whidbey Island,WA
03-08-08 Dusty Strings Music Shop, Seattle, WA
03-09-08 Alberta Street Public House, Portland, OR
03-11-08 Tower Theatre, Bend, OR
03-13-08 California State University, Chico, CA
03-15-08 Vancouver CelticFest 2008, Vancouver, BC