The musical partnership between Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and California cellist Natalie Haas runs the gamut from intimate chamber music to ecstatic fiddle tunes for dancing. For two decades, they have set the standard for a fiddle/cello duo in traditional music. Haas is a graduate of The Juilliard School, and has performed and recorded with a who’s who of the fiddle world including Mark O’Connor, Jeremy Kittel, Darol Anger, Hanneke Cassel and many more. Over his nearly 40-year career of performing and recording, Fraser has a long list of awards, accolades and credits for radio, television and film.
The Goodbye Girls are an exciting new all-female quartet from Boston made up of young acoustic musicians from the US, Canada and Sweden. Formed out of a common love for old-time, traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music, the band is fronted by 2017 IBMA Guitarist of the Year Molly Tuttle, the first woman to ever win the award. Tuttle is also the lead vocalist, joined by Lena Jonsson (Lena Jonsson & Brittany Haas) on fiddle, Allison de Groot (Molsky’s Mountain Drifters) on banjo and Brittany Karlson on bass. With international tours and major festival appearances under their belt, The Goodbye Girls blend Swedish polskas with traditional bluegrass songs and raging old-time dance tunes. Both Molly Tuttle and Brittany Karlson of The Goodbye Girls are former participants in SMF’s Acoustic Music Seminar, a workshop and mentorship program led by Mike Marshall.