LAURINBURG — Fiddle champion Jamie Laval will perform at a concert in Laurinburg next month.
The performance is planned for May 12 at 7:30 pm at the Storytelling and Arts Center.
Lavel will feature Celtic music from Brittany, the Gaelic-speaking region of France. Laval will also recount fascinating mythic legends from antiquity.
Currently making his home in Tryon, Laval grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he received his musical training at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He made his living as a professional symphony musician, recording studio artist, improvising violinist, and contra dance fiddler. But his passion for the haunting sounds of rural Scottish folk music eventually usurped all other preoccupations, and he now devotes himself exclusively to Celtic music.
In 2002 Laval won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship which helped launch his touring career which includes over 100 engagements per year throughout the U.S. and Scotland.
Laval has appeared on the NBC Today Show, performed on Dave Matthews’ platinum album Some Devil, and gave a private performance for Her Majesty the Queen. Laval’s newest album, Murmurs and Drones, won the popular vote for “Best World Traditional Album” in the 2012 Independent Music Awards. He presented a TED Talk on the value of the arts in our community.
Lavel has also performed for Queen Elizabeth and presented a TED Talk.
Tickets are $16 advance and $18 at door. The cost is $8 for those 18 and under and students with school ID card.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com and at the door.
Local performers Rebecca Simmons (fiddle) and Eryn Fuson Jones (harp) will give a pre-show performance of Scottish fiddle music at 7 p.m.