Jamie Laval and Ashley Broder

Jamie Laval and Ashley Broder

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Violinist Jamie Laval and mandolinist Ashley Broder form a stunning instrumental duo, rendering the traditional Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Québec with hints of classical refinement and ethnic music from around the world.

Biography

A Sound All Their Own

The fateful meeting in 2005 of two already widely esteemed performers produced a frenzy of creative inspiration resulting in a colorful, exciting, and completely unique approach to roots-based acoustic string music.

Violinist Jamie Laval and mandolinist Ashley Broder form a stunning instrumental duo, rendering the traditional Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Québec with hints of classical refinement and ethnic music from around the world.

Their Story
The partnership began in a jam session in the wee hours of the morning at the National Old Time Fiddle contest in Weiser, Idaho. Jamie and Ashley connected instantly on both musical and personal levels and have since fuelled each other’s creativity in non-stop musical exploration.

Prior to their meeting, Jamie simultaneously pursued careers as an acclaimed solo fiddler and a professional
symphony violinist. Subsequent to his winning the 2002 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship, he
devoted himself entirely to touring throughout the U.S. and Scotland and appeared regularly on NPR radio, concert series, and large festival stages.

Meanwhile, Ashley had competed regularly in fiddle contests, ultimately winning the Western Open Picking Championship in 2003 and 2004. She went on to collaborate with world renowned mandolinist Mike Marshall on his method books, taught at the Mandolin Symposium in California, and played in a number of LA area bands while studying classical violin and ’cello in college.

Accolades
The San Diego Tribune recently featured the new duo in a full-page spread, calling Ashley a “mandolin
phenomenon.” Mike Marshall admiringly refers to Ashley as “A rising star in the world of traditional and
alternative music who is as comfortable playing in formal musical settings as in spontaneous jam sessions.”

Following his 28-concert tour of Scotland, Jamie was heralded as “A new star for the Old World” (FiddleOn
Magazine) and “The next Alasdair Fraser” (Scotland Press and Post). In the U.S., Jamie is said to be “One of North America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music” (San Jose Mercury News) and “A fantastic fiddler...Laval captures the essence of Celtic sentiment and yearning” (Olympian Weekender).

Audience Appeal
The pair consistently creates rapt audiences every time they take the stage, mixing intense passion and tenderness with a coyness and playful interaction that has become their trademark. Their popularity earns them invitations to venues throughout the U.S. and Scotland, such as The Bijou Theatre (Knoxville); Millpond Music Festival (Bishop, CA); The Freight & Salvage (Berkeley, CA); Club Passim (Boston); The Palms (Winters, CA); The Little Fox Theatre (Bay Area); Duke University (Durham); McCabe’s (Los Angeles); Blackstone River Theatre (Providence, RI); The Hollywood Theatre (Portland, OR); Arts West Theatre (Seattle, WA); Swallow Hill Productions (Denver, CO).

www.JamieLaval.com • www.AshleyBroder.com • (206) 226-5663

Discography

Jamie Laval and Ashley Broder duo album -
"Zephyr in the Confetti Factory"

Jamie Laval debut album - "Shades of Green"
Laval's CD is played regularly on over 600 radio stations nationwide

Set List

Our typical concert format is two 45-50 minute sets with an intermission in between.

For other venue formats, any amount of time needed can be fulfilled.