Known for her powerhouse dance tunes and technical prowess, Emerald is an adept and masterfully soulful fiddler. Growing up in a musical family where performance was encouraged from a young age, Emerald fell in love with Scottish fiddle music and never looked back. She went on to win the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship and graduate of Berklee College of Music. Her love of dance music has brought her on a journey through many styles of fiddle music and percussive stepdance. Her love of history brought an ancient Welsh Crwth into her hands. She is involved with a variety of music projects and endeavors…
Emerald has performed with a wide range of musical acts over the years including the Boston-based Celtic Americana band Annalivia, Irish-American singer/songwriter Cathie Ryan, the pan-Celtic international supergroup The Outside Track, and Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America to name a few. She also performs solo featuring her multi-instrumental capabilities on vocals, fiddle, guitar and the welsh crwth (see below).
As skilled performer, a champion fiddler, and an avid historian, Emerald is deeply passionate, experienced and knowledgeable about presenting the tradition in an engaging way. She studied with Barbara McOwen, Boston’s leading Scottish music historian and co-author of “The Glengarry Collection”, and travelled all over the US, Canada Scotland to take workshops and soak up the culture. Her accolades include the New England Scottish Fiddle Championship at age 16, the US National Championship at 18, and was recently made an official Scottish FIRE judge. Emerald graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring at 20, and spent a year living in Glasgow studying early 18th century fiddle manuscripts. She teaches workshops and lectures in Fiddle, Crwth and Stepdance. Brand new this season, Emerald has launched her own Video Tutorial Series. Learn Scottish Fiddle Online right here – right now!
An ancient and rare fiddle with a hauntingly medieval sound, the Crwth was played by bards from the 11th century to the 19th century. Emerald presents a variety of tunes on the Crwth from traditional Welsh Songs to contemporary originals – exploring the 21st century possibilities on the Crwth.