Charlotte Folk Society’s next free concert and gathering, featuring Jamie Laval Trio, will be Friday, February 8th, 2013, at 7:30pm, at Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue. Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Doors open at 7pm. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Stella Center. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground-level door. Free parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, and jam sessions follow the concert.
The hour-long program of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Quebec, and Appalachia will be accompanied by Laval’s intricate foot percussion, amusing stories, and observations on the cultural ties linking the Scots-Irish to Appalachia. Joining Laval will be two superlative Celtic musicians, guitarist David Brown and flutist/bagpiper E. J. Jones, both from Asheville.
Laval’s unique approach to traditional Celtic music blends the simplicity of an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair that resonates with families, youth, seniors, and devotees of ethnic, jazz, and classical music. Currently making his home in Asheville, Laval hails form the Pacific Northwest where he received his musical training at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. In 2002, he won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship and now performs throughout the United States and Scotland with over 100 engagements each year. He has been acclaimed as “one of North America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music” (San Jose Mercury News) and “the next Alasdair Fraser” (Scotland Press and Post). Laval has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, on NBC’s Today Show, at numerous Highland Games, and top acoustic venues throughout this country. His critically acclaimed debut CD, Shades of Green, airs regularly on NPR radio, while Zephyr In The Confetti Factory, his duet album with Ashley Broder, won Best World Traditional Song in the 2007 Independent Music Awards Vox Populi. Jamie’s 2012 release of Murmurs and Drones met with acclaim: “Extraordinarily expressive, Laval’s new album proves to be a spellbinder from the first notes to the last.” (San Jose Mercury News) Visit www.folksociety.org to enjoy videos of Jamie Laval’s performances.