Thursday March 14, 2013

BELLOWS FALLS -- On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Stone Church Arts presents its annual celebration of Spring and Celtic music, St. Patrick’s Fiddle Frenzy at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.

This year, two veterans to the Fiddle Frenzy, cellist Eugene Friesen and fiddler Emerald Rae, are joined by two newcomers, multi-instrumentalists Rachel Clark and Bob DeMarco of the Celtic duo Blackbird.

Friesen has broken new ground for the cello, using it in a wide variety of non-classical settings and creating new techniques to expand its role as a solo and accompanying instrument. He has also performed thousands of concerts for young audiences as "Celloman." He is a multi-Grammy Award-winner for his work with the Paul Winter Consort and a professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Rae is an American singer and multi-instrumentalist. She grew up in a musical family where country music and rock ‘n’ roll were prevalent and has spent the last 20 years studying all facets of folk music. She has a degree in film scoring from Berklee College of Music and won the National Scottish Fiddle Championship.

Clark comes from a family rich in music. She lived in Sweden as a child and was drawn to Celtic music in her teens. She plays the Irish flute, penny whistle, accordion and piano.

DeMarco’s mom came originally from County Limerick, Ireland, and inspired his love for Celtic music. When he was a boy, she frequently sang in Gaelic and loved to play the fiddle and piano. He plays the fiddle, guitar, cittern and piano.

Admission is $17 for adults ($13 for seniors and children under 12) in advance and $20 ($15) at the door. Tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, N.H., Brattleboro Books, Misty Valley Books in Chester, at www.brattleborotix.com or at the door.

For information, visit www.stonechurcharts.org or call 802-463-3100.