Festival offers holiday fiddle concert


Last updated 11/29/2022 at Noon

Hanneke Cassel is a renowned fiddler. PHOTO PROVIDED

The joyful sound of the fiddle will ring in the holidays in a special Sisters Folk Festival presentation with Hanneke Cassel and friends at The Belfry on Thursday, December 15, at 7 p.m.

Scottish-American fiddler and native Oregonian Hanneke Cassel will be accompanied by Ryan McKasson, Brooke McKasson, Liddy Hoover, Tim Downing, and Christopher Lewis for a performance of holiday favorites and new tunes from Cassel’s 2021 album, “O Come Emmanuel.” The night will be filled with fiddling, singing, and lots of holiday joy. Tickets are available on Wednesday, November 30 at 10 a.m. at https://aftontickets.com/SFF2022HolidayConcert.

Effervescent and engaging, Hanneke Cassel’s music fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton with Americana grooves and musical innovations. She has performed and traveled across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Cassel’s music is a blend of the contemporary and traditional, described by the Boston Globe as “exuberant and rhythmic, somehow wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness.”

A native of Port Orford, Oregon, Hanneke started out as a Texas-style fiddler and went on to win the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship, which awarded her the opportunity to study with 2022 Sisters Folk Festival performer Alasdair Fraser and introduced her to fiddle camps and the folk community - both of which continue to play an integral role in her life.

Alongside Cassel on stage are five accomplished musicians.

Washington-based husband-and-wife duo, Ryan and Brooke McKasson, have toured nationwide performing Celtic and American traditional folk music as “The McKassons” — to critical acclaim.

Liddy (Voetberg) Hoover is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and national Texas-style fiddle champion.

Providing the driving guitar sound in the band is Canadian native Christopher Lewis – a graduate of Berklee College of Music and longtime collaborator with Hanneke.

Rounding out the group is Tim Downing, a fellow Berklee graduate and scholar of classical music and jazz.

Downing notably toured with pop/rock singer Natalie Grant for nine years prior to joining this group on tour.

The concert will be held at The Belfry at 302 E. Main Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth/students. Additional artist information can be found on the SFF website at https://sistersfolkfestival.org. This is a general admission, all ages show. Follow @SistersFolkFestival on Instagram and Facebook for updates and additional information.


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