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Celtic Music Performance by Hanneke Cassel Band

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Monday, February 5, 2018

A Celtic music performance by Hanneke Cassel with Mike Block and Keith Murphy will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Admission is $3 per person and U of M Crookston Hanneke Cassel Band students and children under 12 are free. Parking is recommended in Lot G near the Kiehle Building and no parking permits are required.

Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer who has graced stages across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Her music is a blend of the contemporary and traditional. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. She has released six albums. The most recent, Trip to Walden Pond (April 2017) features traditional Scottish and Cape Breton tunes and seventeen new pieces composed in the Scottish idiom.

The Hanneke Cassel Band features Mike Block on cello/vocals and Keith Murphy on guitar/vocals. Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator who is part of the Grammy Award winning Silk Road Ensemble, a graduate of the Juilliard School, and an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music. Newfoundland-born guitarist Keith Murphy began absorbing his native musical languages – folksongs, ballads and dance music – from an early age. A proficient multi-instrumentalist, he has long applied considerable energy to the rhythmic side of music, becoming a valued band member and highly sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin and foot percussion.

The performance is sponsored by the Study Abroad Program and the Academic Success Center.

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