Jamie Laval: An Evening of Celtic Music

Arts & Entertainment
The Strand
38 N. Main St., Waynesville
Apr 08, 2017
7:30 PM

Most of us associate Irish music with toe-tapping rhythms, high energy jigs, boisterous drinking songs.

Jamie Laval's return to Waynesville on April 8 promises both the warmly familiar and the bracingly surprising.

Ever-widening his musical scope, Laval will feature Celtic music from Brittany, the Gaelic-speaking cousin of Ireland and Scotland, located on the western coast of France.

Like their northern relatives, the Bretons favor bagpipes and high energy village dances. Yet the minor keys and hypnotic syncopation give the music of Brittany a strikingly exotic quality.

In addition to his fiddle wizardry and irresistable groove-making, Laval also imparts his unique craft of story telling, recounting mythic legends from antiquity.

The refurbished Strand Theatre at 38 Main is an intimate acoustic music venue with a modern sound system and an intimate atmosphere. In addition to scheduling independent musical artists, The Strand also features first-run movies.

Currently making his home near Asheville, NC, Laval grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he received his musical training at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Laval made his living as a professional symphony musician, recording studio artist, improvising violinist, and contra dance fiddler. But his passion for the haunting sounds of rural Scottish folk music eventually usurped all other preoccupations, and he now devotes himself exclusively to Celtic music.

In 2002 Laval won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship which helped launch his touring career which includes over 100 engagements per year throughout the U.S. and Scotland.

Laval has appeared on the NBC Today Show, performed on Dave Matthews' platinum album Some Devil, and gave a private performance for Her Majesty the Queen. Laval's newest album, Murmurs and Drones, won the popular vote for “Best World Traditional Album” in the 2012 Independent Music Awards.

Showing on Saturday April 8 2017 7:30 PM (120 Minutes)

The Strand at 38 Main - Music Screen
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