Dance music by special guest fiddler Katie McNally, along with Don Ladig on flute and Sherry Ladig on piano
Entertainment during the interval by Jennifer Licko and Dick Hensold with Gaelic song and bagpipes from the Western Isles of Scotland
Music workshops with Katie McNally on Sunday!
We are excited to be featuring up-and-coming fiddler Katie McNally. Katie grew up steeped in the vibrant Scottish and Cape Breton music community in Boston and is the 2009 New England Scottish Fiddle Champion. She was a student of Hanneke Cassel and has performed at venues such as Club Passim, The Barns at Wolf Trap, Symphony Space, Brighton College in Brighton, England, and various folk venues throughout New England. Katie performs regularly with guitarist Eric McDonald, has been a member of the Boston-based fiddle supergroup Childsplay since 2009, and recently did a national tour with world-renowned Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez. Katie often plays for Scottish Country Dance events in the Boston area, and has been on staff at Pinewoods and at Scottish Weekend. Katie is a devoted teacher as well as a performer. In addition to her private students, she has taught at the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School, Boston Symphony Hall, the Passim School of Music, and the Tufts University Community Music Program. Her debut album, Flourish, was released in December 2012.
Katie will be accompanied by pianist Sherry Ladig, along with Don Ladig on flute. A frequent performer of many styles of folk music including Traditional Irish (Dunquin), Scottish dance and concert performance (Night Scotsman), and mid-to-late 19th century American (The New Pearl Button Players), Sherry performs Celtic and 19th-century historic music regularly in the Twin Cities. She will be familiar to most local Scottish dancers as the bandleader of Thistledown and a frequent musician for other Branch socials and performances. Also an active composer, Sherry is the composer-in-residence for the Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra and composes a wide range of works for all types of instrumental and choral ensembles. Don Ladig is a garden designer and commentator on all things horticultural. He plays the wooden flute and a phalanx of whistles in Dunquin, Night Scotsman, Elite Rabble, and The New Pearl Buttons.
|Saturday, 20 April|
|Ball Practice (walk-through)||The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul
||The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Avenue North, St. Paul
6:00 pm -- Socializing and Heavy Appetizers
7:30 pm -- Grand March and Dancing [program]
Tiffany McCracken will once again be available to take professional portraits of you in your finery. Gratuities would be gratefully accepted (earning her way to Scotland!).
There will be a silent auction as a fundraiser to subsidize the cost of the ball weekend. If you have items to donate, please contact Nathan Wilkowski (nateumsemail [at] yahoo.com)
|After-Glow Party||Chandi McCracken will host an after-glow party immediately following the ball at her home in south Minneapolis. Please bring food or drink share. Directions available at the ball|
|Sunday, 21 April|
Please join us for a potluck brunch, beginning at 10:30am at the home of Amy and Dean Muldoon in south Minneapolis. Directions available at the ball.
Katie will be offering two workshops for fiddlers and other interested musicians who play a melody instrument starting at 2pm. » More information.
Registration here (Online registration and payment is now available!)
Ball registrar: Tom Harries, e-mail: registrar [at] rscds-twincities.org
Hospitality is available for out of town guests in the homes of local dancers. Please indicate your needs on the registration form or, if you are registering online, email Chandi McCracken: chandi [at] mccrackens.org
Andy McCracken, e-mail: andrewmcc [at] izoom.net
|1.||Lamb Skinnet||J32||3C||Thompson (18C): RSCDS 14|
|2.||Miss Ogilvie's Fancy||S32||3C||Campbell: RSCDS 20|
|3.||Crom Allt||R32||3C||Goldring Graded Bk 1|
|4.||Tribute to the Borders||J32||3C||Goldring: RSCDS Lflts|
|5.||Gang The Same Gate||S32||3C||Levy: RSCDS 36|
|6.||The Drunken Sailor||R32||3C||Werner|
|7.||A Dancing Career||J32||2C||Drewry: Greenburn|
|8.||Bruce's Men||S32||3CS||Goldring: Scotia Suite|
|9.||Davy Nick Nack||R32||3C||Campbell: Glasgow Ass.|
|10.||The Jubilee Jig||J32||3C||RSCDS Golden Jubilee|
|11.||The Shores of Solway||S32||3C||Goldring 10 soc.|
|12.||Bobby Brown's Canadian Breakdown||R32||4C Sq||Millar|
|13.||The Zoologist||J32||3C||Brown: RSCDS 46|
|14.||The Fireside Lounge||S32||5C||Harrison: TAC 50th Ann|
|15.||Flowers of Edinburgh||R32||3C||RSCDS 1|
|16.||The Dillsburg Jig||J32||3C||Tang: Red Thistle|
|17.||Balquidder Strathspey||S32||3C||Rutherford: RSCDS 24|
|18.||Mrs MacLeod||R32||3C||RSCDS 6|
Download ball dance instructions (PDF) [corrected 15 April 2013 ]