Fiddlers Feast

Fiddlers Feast

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Fiddlers Feast is proving to be a show that breaks barriers between the genres of music promoting Australian fiddle playing as a unique and distinct world music style.

Biography

Fiddlers Feast, formerly the Fiddlers Festival has grown from humble beginnings at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1996 into Australias Premier Fiddle Band. Featuring some of the best fiddlers and violinists around, 'Fiddlers Feast' is a group playing an eclectic collection of music from Jazz, Swing, Blues, Celtic and Country to Contemporary; "a powerhouse of Australian Celtic music that flies down bush tracks, over blue mountains and zips down the Australian city highways". Fiddlers involved with Fiddlers Feast under the musical directorship of Marcus Holden have included George Washingmachine, Mark Oats, Lindsay Martin, Andrew Clermont, Pixie, Ian Cooper, Clare O'Meara, Ray Schloeffel, Jane Brownlee, Nigel MacLean, Mick Kerin, Daniel Weltlinger, Adrian Keating, Jessica Randall, and many more. What began with four has seen over 40 fiddlers involved with various productions around the country. Several tours to Japan as well as high profile appearances back home have inspired a whole new generation of fiddlers and groups like the Hawkesbury National Fiddle Festival and the Southern Cross Fiddlers, dedicated to the promotion of the fiddle as an alternative to the classical stream of tuition and performance. Fiddlers Feast appears regularly at major events and festivals around Australia including Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Gympie Muster, Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Arts Festival, and the Famous Spiegeltent. Fiddlers Feast has toured with the support of the Federal government for the Playing Australia Touring Program, NARPACA and Queensland Arts Council Touring program, have been guests of the Brisbane City council for their 150 year celebrations and were invited to perform at Expo in Nagoya, Japan by DFAT in 2005. In August 2006 Fiddlers Feast was part of the Australian contingent at the Inter-Celtic Festival, Lorient in Brittany as part of the Year of Oz and is planning a return trip to in the European summer of 2007. Their new CD, FRENZEE, released in August 2006, is a rip-roaring collection of all sorts of fiddling from Country to tongue-in-cheek classical, from twisted jazz tracks to rock and reel with a plethora of weird and wonderful music and guests from all parts of the harmonic spectrum.

Discography

Frenzee (2006)
Get Reel (2003)
Strung Out (2000)
Fiddlers Festival Live (2000)

Set List

Arachnareelia:
Catchy Cajun tune, by Clare O’Meara

Ashplant Set:
Celtic Fiddling Set

Ashokan Farewell:
Theme from the TV series, the Civil War

Blacktown Jig:
Rollicking Original by late Ray Schleoffel

Danny Boy:
Classic Irish Ballad

Down Under:
Unofficial National Anthem

Dionne Reel:
Celtic Rock and Reel

Eine Kleine Nutmusik:
A tongue in cheek version of Mozart.

Holiday For Strings:
Zany TV Theme from the 60’s

How High The Moon:
Jazz the FF way!

Humours Of Westport:
Afro/Irish tune

It Don’t Mean a Thing:
Duke Ellington’s Famous Composition

Jerusalem Ridge: