Celebrating the enchanting music of the Celtic tradition, Fiddlinda & Friends performs 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Allen Public Library. With a repertoire including ancient laments, contemporary ballads, traditional Irish tunes, Scottish Gaelic folksongs, and a few foot-stomping jigs and reels, this group promises a full evening of lively entertainment.
Playing fiddle since the age 10, Linda Relph has been part of the Texas Irish music scene after relocating from California in the early 90s. Besides traditional Irish, her background includes contest fiddling (she was the California State Ladies Champion four times), Celtic Rock (founding member of The Killdares), greengrass (bluegrass-tinged Irish, courtesy of her former band Nine-8ths Irish), and even country (playing with several George Strait Tribute bands.) She likes to call herself a "Mercenary Fiddler," as she’ll play with just about anyone, anywhere.
Toar Schell has been a mainstay of the Traditional Irish music community for over 25 years. Before that, he describes himself as a semi-competent banjo player. He plays mandolin, fiddle and banjo.
Candy Schell plays fiddle, mandolin, bodhran and button accordion. She is a regular at the local DFW sessions and is almost always at J. Gilligan’s sessions on Tuesday nights in Arlington, TX. She is also a member of the TIMES Band & Session Players.
Matt Cook started his Irish Trad music journey many years ago around campfires, singing the songs of days long past. As the years have gone by, more instruments have been added, and even more songs and tunes have snuck into his repertoire.
Can’t be there in person? The program will also be streamed live on ACTV. Find viewing options at Watch ACTV or view online at ACTV.org or YouTube.com/AllenCityTV
The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.