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Fiddlers 3, Beecher, MacLeod & Danzig
Sat, April 1, 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM MDT
Fiddlers Three, Beecher, MacLeod & Danzig
April 1 2017
Doors Open at 7:00PM
Show Begins at 7:30PM
The Acoustic space
124 S 400 W
Salt Lake City
Learning the violin since age 7, Bronwen has the elite skill of a classical violinist. Throughout her study, however, it became clear that the deep soul, creativity and ferocity of her playing could not be contained in just one musical form. The daughter of academics, Bronwen always had the benefit of exposure to a wide canvas of language, culture and music, attending symphony performances from the age of 4 and listening to her father sing Mariachi and various other traditional styles. An unusually strong childhood connection to the blues and gospel music set the stage for her college years at Loyola University in New Orleans, where she found time, despite several hours a day training in classical music, to take in the rich musical landscape of her surroundings. There she played in a goth band, was the odd man out in the Loyola gospel choir, worked on her blues improvisation and even began street performing.
After that her interest in diverse music and culture took her and her violin to Ottawa, Cape Breton Island, Jiaxing, China and various adventures throughout Europe. So now, speaking limited French with a Beijing accent, it has become clear that Bronwen was meant for mismatched things. Additionally, we can officially say that her refusal to wear matching socks in the second grade was not a phase.
Now Bronwen's precision playing and improvisation chops intermingle with all the fiddle moxie of a street brawler. In fact, the Fiddle Preacher would just as soon smack a Hungarian fiddle tune upside the head till it cried “uncle,” to the yells of an elated audience, as sing a soulful Gaelic Aire or play a heart-wrenching Adagio. With disarming sincerity, Bronwen can deliver all of that with equal comfort.
In all of her work, Bronwen's pancultural but modern style of music comes from a musical soul that demands authenticity of self, rather than loyalty to a particular genre of music.
Bronwen's compositions have been featured in three theater productions. She has written orchestrations for three albums, including the progressive metal band, Subterranean Masquerade's "Suspended Animation Dreams," and her own former band, Salty Frogs' award-winning album, "Today Was Strange." Bronwen's violin and fiddle stylings have appeared on over 30 recordings and she can often be found kicking up a storm onstage with a variety of other acts as a "hired gun" fiddler.
Kate has been awarded as Best Violin/Fiddle and Best Female Songwriter by the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association. This is the third year she has won for songwriting, and the second award for Violin/Fiddle.
With 10 instruments between them and 53 strings to tune Otter Creek burst onto the national Folk scene in 2012 with back to back hit albums on the Folk Charts. In the 5 years since the husband and wife duo began playing together, Otter Creek has won multiple awards for their virtuosic instrumentals, adept songwriting, and visionary arrangements of traditional and original tunes. They have drawn praise from around the country leading one critic to describe them as “a duo that is both a technical marvel and tastefully perfect.” Their second album Shiver Into Spark (September 2012) has garnered attention as a collection of “songs that appeal to the heart and mind as well as the ear” and a work of “superb musicianship underpinned by stunning technique” (Greg Harness, Rootsworld Magazine).