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2022 - Festival Participants

Fiddle-icious

Maine USA’s largest fiddle orchestra: Fiddle-icious is an open community-based orchestra of over 140 members, accepting all levels of musicians to preserve the cultural heritage of Maine’s traditional fiddle music. At our bimonthly meetings, we join together to learn traditional tunes, dances, and songs passed down from our Scottish, Irish, Quebecois, and Acadian ancestors. The members of Fiddle-icious enjoy being part of a larger fellowship that brings joy and purpose to all who participate—all while keeping the musical tradition alive and thriving.

The orchestra evolved out of a monthly fiddle workshop led by Don Roy, a phenomenal fiddler who is hailed as a “living cultural treasure” here in Maine. Both Don and his wife Cindy grew up in French Canadian families where music was an integral part of their lives. cellos-thru-harpThey are steeped in the traditions that have been passed down from one generation to the next. Their desire to share and foster community through music is a testimony to their commitment to keeping the heritage alive.

Flint Hills Children's Choir

Based in Manhattan, Kansas, USA, the Flint Hills Children’s Choir was founded in 2015 by long-time colleagues and friends, Janie Brokenicky and Janet Armstead. The first choir, comprised of 28 5th-9th grade singers, quickly expanded to two treble-voiced choirs (Bluestem and Konza) spanning grades 3-10. Students in the Choir currently represent the communities of Clay Center, Manhattan, Olsburg, Riley, St. George, Wamego, and Westmoreland.  The Choir’s mission is to provide excellence in choral music instruction and performance for children and to provide enrichment in the arts for Manhattan and surrounding communities.
Janie Brokenicky is the Co-founder, Executive Director, and Artistic Director of the Konza Choir.  Janie has served as a guest choral clinician and adjudicator in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. She served 8 years on the board for the Kansas Choral Directors Association as both chair of women’s choirs and North Central representative and is the current treasurer for the organization. She holds degrees in music education, choral conducting and vocal performance, mathematics,  and is an accomplished oboist.

Lisbon Youth Camerata

The Lisbon Youth Camerata come from the Camerata da Academia de Música de Lisboa (from Lisbon, Portugal).  It is a string orchestra of young musicians, ages 14 to 18. These students are rigorously selected among the students of the Lisbon Music Academy. Founded in 2007, it was directed by Rui Fernandes, Roberto Valdés, Rui Pinheiro, Pedro Ramos, Filipa Poêjo and, since September 2017, Pedro Neves.

Filipa Poêjo is currently Violin Professor at the Lisbon Music Academy, and her violin students have been awarded first prizes in the main national and international violin competitions, in Portugal and Spain.
Born in Lisbon, Filipa Poêjo obtained her Master of Music Degree at the Northwestern University, in Chicago (USA), having been awarded scholarships from the Portuguese Government and from the Northwestern University School of Music.
While in Chicago, Filipa Poêjo specialized in Suzuki Pedagogy under the supervision of one of the most distinguished violin pedagogues of the present times, Betty Haag. Under the recommendation of this pedagogue, with who she still maintains a close professional collaboration, Filipa also taught at the Talent Music Institute of Des Plaines, in Chicago.
Back in Portugal, she began to teach intensively and established the Orchestra Os Violinhos in 2003, assuming its Musical Direction since then. She regularly appears in public with Os Violinhos, having performed hundreds of concerts in her home country, Austria, Czechia, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, and United States.

Local Scottish Participants

Cowal Fiddle Workshop

Formed in 1988 to promote the playing of Scottish traditional music, Cowal Fiddle Workshop is a ‘teaching’ workshop orchestra based in Dunoon, in Argyll.  CFW invite traditional Scottish master tutors like Claire Gullan (fiddle), Alistair McCulloch (fiddle), Mark Duff (whistles) and Aaron Jones (guitar) to learn from and acquire new techniques that culminates into wonderful concerts for Dunoon’s first Traditional Music Orchestra

Riddell Fiddles

Riddell Fiddles is a music group based in Selkirk, Scottish Borders. The group’s main aim is the pursuit of musical fun and, to that end, the group (now consisting of several bands of all ages and musical genres) have travelled the world including Scotland and performed at a myriad of functions and festivals.

Started in 2003 as a teaching group at a time when traditional musical opportunities were not so prevalent the group has persisted over the years and their website is know as a traditional music resource the world over.

Projects such as the Cranston Fiddle (a sell out at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015) and various tours have raised the group’s profile.  The group was nominated in the Digital Innovations category of the Arts and Business Scotland Awards for their partnership with local business ‘ Spectrum Sound and Light’.  

Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir

The Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir dates back to 1944 when it was formed by the Glasgow Islay Association, one of the many territorial associations serving the needs of the many Highlanders who had moved to the city for work. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the association in 2012 the ladies in the choir now wear the specially designed Glasgow Islay Association tartan. Nowadays there are only a few members with connections to the island, with backgrounds in both Gaelic and non-Gaelic speaking areas of Scotland and even beyond.

Over the years the choir has had considerable success at the Royal National Mod, the major annual Gaelic festival, but have also gone further afield to Brittany, to the Pan Celtic festival in Ireland, the Mod in Vancouver and the Welsh International Eisteddfod. The choir had a very strong relationship with the group Runrig, producing their Tribute to Runrig CD in 1996 and Tribute 2 Runrig , after they had sung with them at their “Last Dance” before a crowd of 25,000 in Stirling.

Choir members have also been successful in solo, duet and quartet competitions and have over the years had many recipients of the coveted Mod Gold Medal. They have also recorded many times for television, including being part of the very popular spiritual programme, Alleluia.

Kirsteen Grant, who has conducted the choir since 1991, is a Mod Gold Medallist and is well known in the musical world as a singer, teacher and conductor. Her choral arrangements are included in the repertoire of many Scottish choirs.
Since graduating from Glasgow University and studying singing in London and Italy, Kirsteen has sung in a wide variety of song, including opera and oratorio – with a specialist interest in Gaelic and Scottish song. Her diverse career spans from operatic roles such as Madam Butterfly to “White Heather” tours to the USA and Canada. She has conducted both the Stirling Gaelic Choir and the Glasgow Islay to winning the premiere awards at the Royal National Mod. She now enjoys adjudicating, conducting, accompanying and workshops.

What our previous participants have said

Thank you for all your hard work to give so many performance opportunities to our members - you have created memories for a lifetime!
We are still trying to come to grips with all that we experienced in Scotland. We cannot thank you enough... Scotland is an incredibly beautiful, magical place with a postcard picture around every corner
Everything was so well organised. We were pleasantly surprised by the amazing places to perform, the delicious food, the cosy place to sleep and the beautiful places we visited!

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