Kevin Carr
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Kevin Carr

Grants Pass, Oregon, United States | SELF

Grants Pass, Oregon, United States | SELF
Band Spoken Word Celtic


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"Stories from the Musical Realms"

The aroma of rosemary, shepherd's pie and warm bread filled the Greenwood Community Center during an evening of storytelling and folk music by Kevin Carr last Friday. The event, which included a savory dinner, was organized by Carole Raye, longtime Elk resident and friend of Carr's, who was visiting from Portland, Ore. About 100 attended. The net proceeds benefitted the center.
An entrancing multi-instrumentalist and storyteller, Carr played the fiddle, Irish (Uilleann) pipes, Slovakian Duda (pipes), Galician Gaita, and French Cornemuse. As he switched from pipes to fiddle and back again, he told tales about trips to the former Soviet Union, Spain, France, Quebec and Ireland where he played with and learned from traditional musicians.
Called "Stories from the Musical Realms; Inspiration and the Music Between the Notes," his playing and well-told tales "illuminate the often supernatural sources of inspiration that give music its magic," as his website says.
Carr also gave the audience a taste of his CD in progress, "Fiddle Fables," as well as a new story based on a Czech Opera from the 1930s entitled, "Schwanda the Bagpiper."
In response to a standing ovation, Carr capped his energetic two-hour performance by playing a set of soulful Spanish fiddle pieces that truly illustrated what he calls "the spiritually lucrative field of traditional music."
This was one of Carr's first events as a storyteller-musician.
According to Raye, Carr hopes to return in the spring and perform in Caspar.
- Mendocino Beacon


The Big Music - Stories from Mythical Appalachia
The King of the Pipers- Stories and Piping
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WAKE THE DEAD - intergalactic roots music
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Dance music from earth, and . . .
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Quebecois fiddle in a folk chamber ensemble -
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I tell stories and play traditional folk instruments. From the Fillmore West to the Oregon Country Fair, from the former Soviet Union to Galicia, Spain, and from Alaska to Mexico, I've traveled to play with and learn from traditional musicians, to gather stories to share, and to connect with folks through the ecstasy of music. I do solo shows such as, "Carried Away: Pipe Dreams and Fiddle Fables, " The Other Pipes - exotic and little known Bagpiping traditions of the World", and "Stories from the Musical Realms - Inspiration and the Music Between the Notes".
I Play with various groups :

THE FAMILY CARR - with my wife Josie Mendelsohn on keyboards, violin and percussion, son Daniel Carr on guitar, mandolin and vocals, daughter Molly Carr on mandolin, accordion and vocals, and me, playing fiddle, Irish and Galician pipes and viola, we play music we have learned on our travels through Ireland, Quebec, Galicia and the American south.

WAKE THE DEAD - Intergalactic Roots Music ( formerly, the world's only all star grateful dead celtic jam band)

HILLBILLIES FROM MARS - traditional dance music from Mars, Appalachia, Ireland, Scotland, Galicia and points East, South, West and North.

LES TETES DE VIOLON - Quebecois ( french canadian) fiddle music in a folk chamber ensemble.

WINTERS CAROL, with the Men of Worth - Holiday Shows in the Gaelic spirit.

VERDEGAIO - I play with Alexandre Cadarso and Javier Blanco from Galicia whenever we are on the same continent. Galician music with pipes, accordion, fiddle and mandolin.

I GIVE FIDDLE WORKSHOPS on various styles of dance music - Irish, Galician, Quebecois, Old time.
I have been on the faculty as fiddle instructor at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend , Washington several times, and have been coordinator of the tutorial program there for years. I have been on the faculty as fiddle teacher at Alasdair Fraser's Sierra fiddle camp, at Lark Camp in Mendocino, and I have been camp instrumentalist at Puget Sound Guitar workshop, and California Coast Music Camp. I've played for dances, told stories and given fiddle workshops at many dozens of dance camps, family camps, and music camps and festivals across the country and in Canada and Spain.

MY SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS are informative and meet criteria for English arts education, as well as history of music. Kids of all ages love them, as do teachers.