Wednesday November 21, 2012

PUTNEY -- Childsplay, the popular all-star collective of fiddlers devoted to instruments made by Bob Childs, returns to the area for a performance on Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m., at Landmark College’s Greenhoe Theatre.

Childsplay is the ultimate fiddle choir, a joyful familial fiddle celebration that features some of the best fiddlers in the nation, from Boston Symphony violinists to all-Ireland and national Scottish fiddle champions.

Supporting the 12 fiddlers on stage is an all-star band, including all-Ireland harpist Kathleen Guilday, flutist Shannon Heaton, from Touchstone Mark Roberts, Vermont guitarist Keith Murphy and Ralph Gordon on bass, along with step-dancer Nic Gareiss.

This year’s tour will introduce audiences to the singing of Lissa Schneckenburger from Brattleboro, whose pure voice is known for its sweet emotive clarity. Schneckenburger replaces Aiofe O’Donovan of Crooked Still fame, who has left Childsplay to pursue a solo career.

Other Brattleboro area performers in Childsplay include Keith Murphy, Naomi Morse and Sam Amidon.

What is unique about Childsplay is that all the violinists and fiddlers perform on instruments made for them by violinmaker Bob Childs. The special sound of Childsplay lies not only in the skill of the musicians but also in the warm familial timbre of the instruments they play -- a quality similar to the vocal blending of singers from the same family.

From rural dance halls to The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and from world music audiences in Europe to public radio listeners at home, Childsplay has introduced thousands of people to traditional and contemporary Irish, Quebeçois, Cape Breton, bluegrass, Appalachian and Scandinavian fiddle music, as well as jazz, swing and classical music.

Tickets are $20. For more information about Childsplay or to order tickers, visit www.childsplay.org.