Fiddler returns home for Irish-themed performance

Kierah Raymond wraps up two-month visit to Dominican Republic.

Local fiddler Kierah Raymond is set to perform at Blue Frog Studios March 19 and 20.

Local fiddler Kierah Raymond is set to perform at Blue Frog Studios March 19 and 20.

A Peninsula favourite, Celtic fiddle sensation Kierah Raymond, will return to White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios on Thursday March 19 and Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. to perform with innovative guitarist Adam Dobres and pianist, mandolinist and accordionist Adrian Dolan.

The Irish Month-themed concert is a followup to three sell-out concerts last year at the venue, and once again it will highlight Raymond’s technical mastery and musicality in a seamless blend of her own original tunes and the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton.

And she’s backed by two outstanding B.C. musicians, both of whom also work with the Ruth Moody Band (Dobres is also noted for his work with the Dustin Bentall Band, while Dolan is also a member of The Bills), and who were her primary backup on her most recent album, Stonemason’s Daughter.

It’s going to be a busy weekend of playing for the 20-year-old, Peninsula-raised fiddler, lately returned from a two-month sojourn in the Dominican Republic.

She and her cohorts will follow the White Rock appearance with a Saturday night concert in Valemount and a Sunday concert in Prince George.

She has also started to write music for a new CD and has been putting together new sets in anticipation of a serious spate of recording in the fall.

But there are other exciting prospects on her horizon, too.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Canada Council for the Arts, she will be off on a six-day, seven-city tour of Alberta in May, playing for elementary school audiences in a series called Celtic Traditions Across Canada, culminating in an evening solo concert in Canmore.

And, in July, she has been invited to teach at the Sunshine Coast Celtic Music Festival and camp – a rare B.C. participant alongside many noteworthy instructors from Cape Breton and Scotland.

Doors for the White Rock concerts open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Blue Frog Studios are located at 1328 Johnston Rd.

For tickets visit www.bluefrogstudios.ca or call 604-542-3055.

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