Hanneke Cassell is an award-winning fiddler now based in Boston. She will be performing with her trio at Whately’s Watermelon Wednesday this month on 4/27. Keith Murphy and Jenna Moynihan will be joining Hanneke for this show as well as a 4/25 Club Passim date prior to her Western Mass appearance.
Our conversation covers her early training as a Texas style fiddler growing up in Oregon. Her fiddle teacher’s association with Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Cape Breton fiddler Buddy McMaster led Hanneke to compete in a competition in this very different style of fiddling. The skeptical fourteen year old won the competition and her association with Scottish fiddling blossomed. We talk about the life changing visits to Isle of Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides and the relationships she built there.
Hanneke’s latest release harkens back to those early days after winning the US National Scottish Fiddling Championships and studying under Fraser. The disc is called “Over The Sea to Skye”. It features many of the best known tunes from the canon with a nod to Buddy McMaster and Alasdair Fraser.
Our conversation covers the convergence of both Cape Breton style and Scottish styles in her work in Boston’s Berklee School of Music. We talk about the vibrant music scene in places like Club Passim and the Cantab as well as the new generation of fine fiddlers graduating from this roots music hotbed.
Of course, our segment includes a fine set of tunes from her discography including her personal introduction to “Trip to Walden Pond”.
Fans of lively and gorgeous string music are in for a treat when Hanneke brings her trio to Watermelon Wednesday on 4/27