Frost And Fire: A Scots Meeting Of Baroque And Traditional Music


Nova Scotia collides with Terra Australis when Canada’s Chris Norman and David Greenberg team up with Australia’s only dedicated Scottish baroque band, Evergreen Ensemble, for a high-energy program of music from 18th-century Caledonia – a time and place when soulful airs and merry jigs were heard alongside the latest compositions by Correlli and Vivaldi.

This concert programme promises a lot of fun with sunny sonatas by Oswald, delicate arrangements of Purcell and Tallis, catchy hornpipes and airs from the lowlands and highlands of Scotland as well as toe-tapping favourites straight from the ceilidh halls in Cape Breton.

Discover where the classical traditions of the baroque overlap with Celtic traditional music and tap along on a journey back in time in this delightful meeting of Scots’ baroque and folk music.

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If you’re in the Blue Mountains, there is a repeat performance at The Blue Mountains Theatre in Springwood on Friday November 18 at 8 pm. Click here to book.

The performers:

Chris NORMAN – traditional & early flutes, small pipes
David GREENBERG – Cape Breton fiddle, baroque violin
EVERGREEN ENSEMBLE – Includes Shane Lestideau, Ben Dollman, Rachel Johnston, Ollie Miller, Sam Cowen and Miranda Hill.

Chris Norman (flutes, smallpipes, song) is a performer, composer, recording artist, festival director, flute maker and academic who grew up in a music-loving family in UNESCO heritage-listed Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. As the flute and smallpipes player in Skyedance, Baltimore Consort, Helicon, Concerto Caledonia, Greenfire, Titanic the film and more, there isn’t an early or trad. piece of flute music that Chris hasn’t performed or recorded.

David Greenberg (Cape Breton fiddle & Baroque violin) has been praised as both “one of the most impassioned folk-fiddlers you’ll ever hear” (Winnepeg Free Press) and “the best baroque violin soloist in Canada, if not North America” (Halifax Mail-Star). Formally the violinist of Red Priest and Tafelmusik, David’s playing is gripping and infectious and he is constantly touring as a sought-after soloist across America and Europe.

Evergreen Ensemble: Baroque violinist Shane Lestideau has recently returned to Australia after 10 years studying and performing in Brittany, France. He has hand-picked his ensemble from amongst Australia’s finest musicians who meet at the heart of traditional and baroque cross-over music. For this concert the ensemble comprises Shane Lestideau and Ben Dollman (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra) violin, Rachel Johnston and Ollie Miller cello, Sam Cohen (Ludovico’s Band) theorbo and Miranda Hill (Fine Fine Small Mountain) on double bass.



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