Freight Fiddle Summit 2018 with Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Anders Hall, Adam Johansson and Jens Linell of the band SVER, Moira Smiley, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, Cali McKasson and Nic Gareiss

Freight Fiddle Summit 2018 with Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Anders Hall, Adam Johansson and Jens Linell of the band SVER, Moira Smiley, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, Cali McKasson and Nic Gareiss

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Anders Hall, Adam Johansson and Jens Linell of the band SVER, Moira Smiley, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Cali McKasson, Nic Gareiss

Thursday, August 23rd

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$30 ADV / $34 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
" … you would think they'd been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then [Haas] opens her cello's throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan [Scotland] winter."
— Boston Globe


The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one. Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic). Fraser has been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland's music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions.
Moira Smiley
Moira Smiley
Singer/Composer, Moira Smiley travels the world as a composer, performer and song collector. Her earliest influences were American shape-note hymnody, Irish and Russian folksongs and the piano music of Bach, Bartók and Debussy. In her late teens, she began traveling to learn songs – sitting at the knees of traditional singers in the UK, Ireland and Europe. She taken her voice, accordion and banjo across the planet, touring with artists like tUnE-yArDs, SOLAS, Billy Childs, The Lomax and Folklife Projects, KITKA, Theatre Of Voices and The Lyris String Quartet. She’s become a well-known choral composer, with millions of singers singing her work worldwide, and premieres including The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s “Lux Aeterna” in The Walt Disney Concert Hall. She’s been featured on BBC Radio 3, at TED Conferences, NPR, PBS and ABC Australia's "Books & Art" program. Moira has received praise from Billboard to Gramophone for her voice and writing.
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards
Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards have a vision for their band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and Zoe Guigueno (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese's poignant and powerful singing.


The four voices are just as much instruments as they are providers for lyric and harmony. At times its rowdy, delicate and cinematic. The result is a sound that can start as a string band, and morph into a string quartet, female acappella group, or indie band; all while staying honest and true to their identity as folk instrumentalists. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.
Nic Gareiss
Nic Gareiss
Michigan-born dancer, musician, and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has studied a broad variety of percussive movement forms from around the world. At the age of eight he began taking tap dance lessons with Sam and Lisa Williams at Vision Studio of Performing Arts in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Soon after, he was exposed to fiddle music and other percussive dance forms at the Wheatland Music Organization’s annual Traditional Arts Weekend. It was there that he had his first instruction in Appalachian clogging with Michigan dance mentor, Sheila Graziano. As a teenager, Nic also studied Irish step dance with John Heinzman, T.C.R.G., Appalachian flat-footing with Ira Bernstein, Québécois step dance with Benoit Bourque, and improvisation and composition with Sandy Silva.