Sparky and Rhonda Rucker
with special guests
Sparky & Rhonda Rucker

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

"Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter."

—The Boston Globe

Thanks for coming!

Concert details:

Doors at 7:00pm; show at 7:30pm

Alasdair Fraser is arguably the best and best-known Scottish fiddler in the world. Six years ago, he teamed up with award-winning California cellist Natalie Haas. Together they have helped revive an 18th-century tradition of pairing the fiddle and cello to play traditional Scottish music. In addition to this "big fiddle, little fiddle" traditional style, Fraser & Haas incorporate jazz and other contemporary world music into their sound.

Of the musical pairing of this veteran fiddler and young cellist, The Boston Globe writes, "… you would think they'd been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then [Haas] opens her cello's throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions."

Based in Maryville, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker are known throughout the country and much of the world both for their music and for their dynamic, funny, and informative performances. They sing songs and tell stories about America: work, war, slavery, railroads, cowboys, and current events. They sing original songs and also dig deep into our country's traditions, especially Appalachian ballads and old-time blues. Their songs are accompanied by Sparky's fingerstyle and bottleneck guitar and by Rhonda's harmonica, banjo, and piano playing. Wayne Bledsoe of the Knoxville News-Sentinel calls them "folk music treasures."

Scottish music has had a crucial influence on Appalachian music. But Alasdair & Natalie and Sparky & Rhonda have something else in common: they are not only master musicians, but also true scholars of the history and musical traditions they take part in. You'll have a great time both listening and learning when they share the stage here in Oak Ridge.