Monday, June 5, 2017

Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Play Abingdon’s Heartwood during Mountains of Music Homecoming


May 26, 2017

Contact:  Jack Hinshelwood, Executive Director
                The Crooked Road & Mountains of Music Homecoming
                (276) 492-2402 O, (540) 239-2110 M

                Karen Tessier
                Mountains of Music Homecoming Public Relations
                (828) 398-5250 O, (828) 231-6268 M

Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Play Abingdon’s Heartwood during Mountains of Music Homecoming

Abingdon, VA: Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas will take the stage at Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, June 13 in Abingdon. This concert is part of The Crooked Road’s signature music and cultural celebration, the Mountains of Music Homecoming.

Alasdair Fraser has been a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the U.S., inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, annual fiddle camps and concerts.  His repertoire spans several centuries of Scottish music and includes his own compositions, combining profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge musical explorations.  His film credits include solo performances on the soundtracks of several major films, including The Last of the Mohicans and Titanic.  Fraser has released several critically acclaimed albums, including the Indie Award-winning Dawn Dance and has contributed to more than fifty acclaimed albums as guest artist.  Fraser performs in concert as a soloist, with pianist Paul Machlis, guitarist Tony McManus and skilled cellist Natalie Haas. 

Tickets to this concert are available online at, and locally at Heartwood (276 492-2400) in Abingdon.

Attendees to this concert may also enjoy taking part in other nearby Mountains of Music Homecoming events, including Celebrate Appalachia, a series of events celebrating the spirit of Appalachia at the Wayne Henderson School of Appalachian Arts in Marion, or the Scots-Irish genealogy workshop at the Damascus branch of the Washington County public library.  Hardy hikers who rise early can join in a 9:00 AM hike to Beartown Mountain with the Russell County Health & Fitness Center.

The Mountains of Music Homecoming is an extraordinary nine-day music and cultural showcase event that stretches across the three hundred and thirty miles of The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. With 26 featured concerts and 130 cultural events, the Mountains of Music Homecoming invites travelers to follow the music through the heart of the scenic, culturally rich Crooked Road region. The theme for the 2017 Mountains of Music Homecoming is The Year We Sang.

The Crooked Road’s 76-page Official Guide to the 2017 Mountains of Music Homecoming is free and available at all Virginia Welcome Centers, at Southwest Virginia public library branches, and at Southwest Virginia branches of New Peoples Bank, the Bank of Marion, and Union Bank & Trust.

The Crooked Road thanks the Abingdon Rotary Club, Guest Services, Inc., Walt and Janet Crickmer, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Forestland Group, LLC, WBRF, Martha Washington Inn & Spa, New Peoples Bank, and Hicok, Fern & Company for helping to make the 2017 Homecoming possible. For tickets, schedules and more information about all Mountains of Music Homecoming concerts and cultural events, visit

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