Returning cello to its historical role

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PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of fiddle and cello explorations of Scottish, Celtic and global music by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas tonight at 7:30 p.m. With a shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of traditional tunes, Fraser and Haas feature dazzling teamwork, swapping melodic and harmonic lines and trading driving rhythmic riffs.

The 16-year musical partnership is the fulfillment of Fraser's long-standing musical dream to return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music. In the last 100 years, piano and accordion have largely replaced the cello's melodic tones and percussive energy as fiddle accompaniment in traditional music. Fraser and Haas's debut recording "Fire & Grace" won not only critical acclaim, but also the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. The duo has represented Scotland at the Smithsonian Museum's Folklife Festival, and has been featured on nationally broadcast Performance Today, the Thistle & Shamrock and Mountain Stage.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets are $24 Advance / $26 at the door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Putney Food Co-op in Putney. Next Stage will provide a wine and beer cash bar.

For more information, visit www.alasdairfraser.com, www.nataliehaas.com, www.twilightmusic.org and www.nextstagearts.org.

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