Most of us assume that Irish music is the order of the day for any St. Patrick’s Day music event. Toe-tapping rhythms, high energy jigs, boisterous drinking songs.
But fiddle champion Jamie Laval has something different in store for his concert performance in Dahlonega’s cozy music venue The Crimson Moon on March 17.
Laval will feature Celtic music from Brittany, the Gaelic-speaking cousin of Ireland and Scotland, located on the western coast of France. Like their northern relatives, the Bretons favor bagpipes and high energy village dances. Yet the minor keys and hypnotic syncopation give the music of Brittany a strikingly exotic quality.
In addition to his fiddle wizardry and irresistible groove-making, Laval also imparts his unique craft of story telling, recounting mythic legends from antiquity.
The Crimson Moon is a dinner and music venue with full food and beverage menu located in downtown historic Dahlonega, GA.
Currently making his home near Asheville, NC, Laval grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he received his musical training at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Laval made his living as a professional symphony musician, recording studio artist, improvising violinist, and contra dance fiddler. But his passion for the haunting sounds of rural Scottish folk music eventually usurped all other preoccupations, and he now devotes himself exclusively to Celtic music.
In 2002 Laval won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship which helped launch his touring career which includes over 100 engagements per year throughout the U.S. and Scotland.
Laval has appeared on the NBC Today Show, performed on Dave Matthews’ platinum album Some Devil, and gave a private performance for Her Majesty the Queen. Laval’s newest album, Murmurs and Drones, won the popular vote for “Best World Traditional Album” in the 2012 Independent Music Awards.
WHO: Jamie Laval, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion
WHEN: Friday, March 17, 8:00 pm
WHERE: The Crimson Moon Cafe, 24 N. Park St., Dahlonega, GA 30533
HOW MUCH: $18 Advance / $22 Door / $15 Under 18