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Strawberry Hill Fiddlers perform April 13 at Appalachian

BOONE—The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers will present a concert of traditional music Sunday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium at Appalachian State University. The concert is sponsored by the university’s Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian Heritage Council

and the College of Arts and Sciences. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Strawberry Hill Fiddlers is a community program in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., that teaches traditional music by ear and creates arrangements featuring singing, clogging, improvisation and body percussion. The fiddlers play tunes of many traditions—including Swedish, Appalachian, Celtic, Cajun and Quebecois. All of the musicians are classically trained.

The fiddlers perform regularly in their community and each year plan a trip to experience a new area, meet new friends, and learn new music. Last summer they toured Scotland. On their trip to Boone, they will stay with host families, learn some new Appalachian tunes, attend a flat footing dance workshop and perform at the local schools.

“The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers are a skilled and inventive group of young musicians. Their enjoyment of the music is infectious and inspiring,” said Jay Ungar, who won a Grammy Award for his composition “Ashokan Farewell” that is featured in Ken Burns’ “The Civil War.”

Directors of the group are Rachel Handman and Carole Schaad. Former director Emily Schaad is a graduate student at Appalachian pursuing a master of arts degree in Appalachian studies with a concentration in Appalachian music, roots and influences.