May 20th, 7:00pm
1st Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana St., Berkeley, CA
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May 21st, 3:00pm
Salesforce Park Amphitheater
65 Minna St, San Francisco, CA
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2022 Spring Concerts
On the weekend of May 20-22, the traditional SFSF Spring Concert series returns, live and in person, to Berkeley, San Francisco, and Livermore. Featuring our founder and music director, acclaimed Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser with a full complement of SFSF's instrumentalists, singers, and dancers, these performances are sure to raise your spirits and chase those COVID blues away. Join us on a journey across the world of fiddle music from northern California to Quebec, to Ireland and Scotland, and north to the Shetland Islands. No jitter, no lag, just sweet vibrations straight from our fiddles to your ears.
If you're still wondering what it's all about, watch these clips from our 2014 Northern California tour.
About the SFSF
NOT JUST SCOTTISH, NOT JUST IN SF, NOT JUST FIDDLERS: MUSICIANS, SINGERS, DANCERS, ALL AGES WELCOME! WE COVER NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FROM THE COAST TO THE FOOTHILLS OF THE SIERRA, FROM MENDOCINO TO MONTEREY AND BEYOND
The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers formed in 1983 when small group of Bay Area friends, led by acclaimed Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser, gathered to play traditional and modern Scottish tunes together. As we attracted others into our circle, we decided to share our music in public concerts. These have grown into a regional Annual Spring Concert Series that brings their joyful enthusiasm to three different venues in the greater Bay Area in one weekend.
As we got a bit older and had kids who learned to play, we formed an inter-generational performing group that makes no distinctions by age or status as a professional or amateur.
As our circles grew ever wider, we naturally incorporated the music of American roots and those of international influences as well. Several of the kids who grew up in the group have been inspired to become professional musicians.
Current members are a mix of amateurs and professionals of all ages. Our one musical imperative, regardless of the tune or tradition, is never to be boring. We accomplish this without auditions or competition. We are an inclusive community that focuses on the joy of making music together.
Groups from the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers are available to perform in schools, retirement communities, and other venues from farmers markets and fairs, to Celtic and contra-dances, and highland games.
The SFSF were featured in an award-winning documentary, The Groove Is Not Trivial, about Alasdair Fraser, our founder and music director. The film premiered at the 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award.
To learn more about the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, go to: sfscottishfiddlers.org
The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers is a division of The Scottish Fiddlers of California, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, #95-4063752.