Scottish & Cape Breton FiddleAll Levels
A heavy focus on the rhythm, tempo, accents and ornamentation that make that Scottish and Cape Breton “sound.” Learn some classic tunes and discover how to go about adding “the dirt”, how to make airs soar, how to make reels and jigs danceable and how to build your repertoire. Emerald's workshops are generally entirely by ear, which involves quite a bit of listening, so bring a recording device!
Sheet Music available on request.
The Welsh CrwthLecture/Presentation
An ancient and rare fiddle with a hauntingly medieval sound, the Crwth was played by bards from the 11th century to the 19th century. It was played all over Europe in some form or another, and was known in Scotland & Ireland as the ``Cruit`` and in England as the ``Crowd`` or ``Crowth``. Emerald discovered the Crwth while digging through her research on 18th century fiddle in Scotland. She presents a variety of tunes on the Crwth from traditional Welsh Songs to contemporary originals - exploring the 21st century possibilities on the Crwth.
Stepdance WorkshopAll Levels
Growing up spending summers in Cape Breton gave Emerald the bug for percussive dance. As a Scottish & Cape Breton Stepdance performer and teacher, she has danced for such fiddling greats as Alasdair Fraser and Natalie MacMaster. Her style is joyous and extremely musical. She taught performance-based Irish dance classes at Dance New England for nearly a decade; and performed Sean-nós stepdance with Atlantic Steps - a full stage show in celebration of old style Irish dance, music and art. She is a creative choreographer and loves to mix the genres of Scottish, Cape Breton, Irish, Sean-nós and Appalachian Clogging.