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Edinburgh Rollick: Music from Niel Gow

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunlight falls on the curve of a violin and a sheet of music. Creative Commons courtesy photo
Photo by by Evan Schaaf

Ruckus, a dynamic shapeshifting ensemble with a visceral and playful approach to classical music, presents The Edinburgh Rollick: Music from the Niel Gow Collections, with violinist Keir GoGwilt. Niel Gow (b. Perthshire, 1727–1807) was 18th-century Scotland’s most celebrated fiddler.

His son, Nathaniel, combined traditional and original dance tunes under the Gow name in six collections of strathspeys and reels. In the US, Ruckus and GoGwilt bring their foot stomping, dance-forward approach to tunes from the Gow Collections of Strathspey Reels, Books 1 and 2 (1784, 1788). Gow’s dance tunes are full of the signature “Scotch snap” and rhythmic drive familiar to lovers of traditional Scottish dance, along with a refined lyricism.

Doug Balliett, bass and viola da gamba
Rami El-Aasser, percussion
Elliot Figg, harpsichord
Keir GoGwilt, violin
Paul Holmes Morton, guitars
Clay Zeller-Townson, double reeds

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Date:
March 8
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
Williamstown, MA
413 458 2303

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