Hanneke Cassel

May 13, 2017 (Sat) / 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Buy Tickets here: http://sfs-hanneke.bpt.me
Venue: Phinney Center Concert Hall, Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

“EXUBERANT AND RHYTHMIC, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness,” says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel’s playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards.  She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China, and India.

Hanneke’s 2013 release, Dot the Dragon’s Eyes features an all-star cast of musicians – including Mike Block, Rushad Eggleston, Jeremy Kittel, Keith Murphy, Christopher Lewis, Dave Wiesler, Ryan McKasson, Cali McKasson Kovin, and Ariel Friedman. Influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island fuse together with grooves and musical innovations from the hip Boston bluegrass/Americana scene to give Hanneke a uniquely American approach to Scottish music. She creates sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music, while retaining the integrity and soul of the tradition.  NEW ALBUM COMING IN 2017
There is an exciting new album in the works, which should be out before Hanneke’ s spring tour,  with Mike Block, Keith Murphy, Christopher Lewis, Jeremy Kittel, Dave Wiesler, and Antti Järvelä. Produced by Finnish musician extraordianaire, Antti Järvelä, the album features many brand new tunes.

IN ADDITION TO HER SOLO ACT, Hanneke has performed with Baroque/Celtic group Ensemble Galilei, Irish singer Cathie Ryan, Cherish the Ladies, Alasdair Fraser, Matt Glaser & the Wayfaring Strangers, and Makem & Spain. She is an active member of Boston-based band Childsplay (featuring 20+ fiddles made by Bob Childs) and co-founder (with Laura Cortese and Lissa Schneckenburger) of Celtic chick band Halali.  She teaches regularly at Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon and Sierra Fiddle Camps, the Mike Block String Camp, Harald Haugaard’s International Fiddle School, and the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School. Hanneke’s fiddling has graced the stages of The Boston Hatch Shell (performing with Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block), Boston’s Symphony Hall (opening for Judy Collins), Mountain Stage, and Lincoln Center.