Kevin Henderson and Neil Pearlman

Nov 18, 2023 (Sat) / 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Venue: Phinney Center Concert Hall, Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

Join us for Shetland fiddle and American piano with the fantastic duo of Kevin Henderson and Neil Pearlman.  Each is known for their high-energy, joyful and fresh approach to their own tradition.  Combined, their sound can move from heart-wrenching airs to sparkling reels in the blink of an eye.

The united voices of these stand out musicians is a transatlantic collaboration that has been setting stages alight from Scotland to California.  Their debut album, Burden Lake, features original tunes from both Henderson and Pearlman in conversation with traditional Shetland melodies.  Launched in January 2020 at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, the album has been lauded as “cold pressed perfection” by, received 5 stars in The Scotsman, and Fatea Magazine raves that “the sheer virtuosity of the musicianship is breathtaking.”

Kevin Henderson whose playing is rooted in the rich heritage of his native Shetland, is regarded as one of Shetlands finest fiddle players and is in hot demand playing with some of the best-known groups and musicians in the folk music scene, including Boys of the Lough, Fiddlers Bid, Session A9 and the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc.  It was Kevin’s clear understanding of and feeling for the Shetland tradition that led to him being invited, in 2001, to join the long-established Irish-Scottish band Boys of the Lough, alongside the Irish national treasure Cathal McConnell, an experience that has enriched his musical appreciation and love for a strong melody.

Kevin has created an expressive and adventurously individual musical style and is also a highly popular fiddle instructor. When not touring, performing and recording, Kevin enjoys passing on his fiddle skills through fiddle camps around the world, including those organized by Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Danish fiddler Harald Haugaard and California-based Scottish fiddle master Alasdair Fraser, and one-on-one sessions.

Wherever he travels, Kevin remains very much a Shetlander, staying connected to the islands through playing an instrument made by Shetland’s leading luthier, Ewen Thomson.

To learn more about Kevin’s background, please see:

“Kevin Henderson’s fiddle playing is all effortless grace and skill”, Kit Bailey – BBC2 Folk & Acoustic

Neil Pearlman is recognized throughout the Celtic music world and beyond for his distinctive approach to the piano. He has worked with many of the world’s top folk music artists and is in demand internationally as a collaborator, session musician and educator. Neil also hosts the podcast TradCafe which features his conversations and collaborations with influential artists from a wide variety of music traditions.

Motivated by a deep musical curiosity and a love of collaboration, his playing is continually evolving and spontaneous without losing its roots in the traditional piano styles of Atlantic Canada, New England and Scotland. He has appeared at major festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport Folk Festival, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Celtic Colours in Cape Breton, the Orkney Folk Festival, and has recorded, performed or otherwise collaborated with such artists as Natalie MacMaster, Darol Anger, Seamus Egan, Alasdair Fraser and many more.

To learn more about Neil’s background, please see:

“A tremendous pianist”, Bruce MacGregor — BBC Radio Scotland, Travelling Folk

Please join us for an evening of wonderful music with Kevin and Neil!


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