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by Hanneke Cassel

Contemporary, Scottish fiddle music
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Curse Reversed
3:53 $0.99
2. Ron Burgundy Tribute
4:06 $0.99
3. Leaving Jp
4:06 $0.99
4. Tennessee Quick Cash
2:39 $0.99
5. Disconnect/ Waiting For the Dawn
5:55 $0.99
6. Jasmine Flower
4:08 $0.99
7. Miss Drummond of Perth's Favorite Scotch Measure
3:45 $0.99
8. The Shissf Kangaroo
4:21 $0.99
9. Tha Mi Tinn Leis A'ghaol (i Am Sick With Love)
4:41 $0.99
10. Silver
4:56 $0.99
11. The Cypress/ Le Jig a Ti-toine
4:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," says The Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel’s playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought Hanneke Cassel many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across the U.S., Scotland, Sweden, China, New Zealand, France, England, and Austria.

In addition to her solo act, Hanneke plays fiddle as a member of Boston-based fiddle bands Childsplay and Halali. She has performed with singer Cathie Ryan, and has made guest appearances with Cherish the Ladies, Alasdair Fraser, Matt Glaser and the Wayfaring Strangers, Ensemble Galilei, Aine Minogue, and Joey McIntyre (from New Kids on the Block). Her fiddling has graced the stages of Boston’s Symphony Hall (opening for Judy Collins), Mountain Stage, The Plaza Hotel, Lincoln Center, the Boston Hatch Shell, and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.

Native of Port Orford, Oregon, Hanneke started playing classical violin when she was 8-years old. She met Portland-based fiddler Carol Ann Wheeler when she was 10 at an Texas-style fiddle contest. She soon quit classical, started taking fiddle lessons with Carol Ann, and began competing in contests throughout the Northwest. A few years later, Carol Ann encouraged Hanneke to learn some Scottish tunes. In 1991, Hanneke entered the Columbia-Pacific Scottish Fiddle Contest in Portland. She won the Jr. contest and went on a year later to capture the U.S. National Scottish Jr. Championship in New Hampshire. With this honor came a scholarship to study on the Isle of Skye, Scotland with the renowned Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Cape Breton master Buddy MacMaster. These two quickly became her fiddle heroes and continue to inspire her music to this day.

Hanneke’s interest in and exuberance for fiddling is definitely a product of the ever-increasing presence of fiddle camps across the globe. The summers of her teen years were spent between Scotland, Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp in Nashville, and Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Fiddle School in California. She was inspired by the amazing musicians at these camps. Among them was Matt Glaser, Chair of Berklee College of Music’s String Department. With encouragement from Glaser and Evan Price (fiddle camp friend, former Berklee student, and current member of the Turtle Island String Quartet), Hanneke set off for Boston in 1996 to attend Berklee College of Music on a string scholarship. She graduated in 2000 and continues to be an active member of the Boston music scene.



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She is unreal
Everyone should own this CD, as well as the rest of hers. Hanneke's sounds fill my home daily and I wait in anticipation to see what this woman does next!

Ben Newhouse

Hanneke's music flows seemlessly between driving, energetic moments that make you want to jump to your feet and dance around your room...and intimate moments that move you and remind you to call the people you love.

In my book, that's an outstanding CD and outstanding musician...

Jason Seville

Great CD! I'm a big fan of the first track. Kudos on the graphic design also - I like the Chinese. :) This was a great follow-up to Sonnet.

Kate F.

This album is absolutely amazing!
This album is so full of life! This CD is absolutely a testament to Hanneke's wonderful art. It is rare that an artist can hit the perfect mix of awe and inspiration and Hanneke does it with this album. Track 2 and 5 are especially wonderful.

Julie Watson

great cd!
We really have enjoyed the cd. Well worth the money. I received it even more quickly than I expected.

Jim in KY

Silver = Mystic Sounds
Silver reminds me of mysts of time. Love the smokey sounds!

E and M Rush

Very pretty CD
The songs are beautiful and showcase excellent musicianship. We enjoy it and received the CD in record time. Thanks.

Thayer York

Sweet Grandmother's Spatula!
On par with "Some Melodious Sonnet", which is saying a lot in my book. Hard to say which is my favorite track as it changes the more I listen and hear new things in each piece. "The Shissf Kangaroo" is the early frontrunner. Can't wait until she's back in town.

North Bend, Oregon

Pure Silver
I love the mastery, the diversity, the upbeat spark of the selections on this CD. I tire of many new cd's after a few weeks from overplaying them. Not so with this fully energizing collection of great pieces! It can make the grayest day turn into a grand time in spite of it all! You just can't go wrong with this album. (I am a new HC enthusiast since turning down free tickets to a local major concert and seeking her out in Bandon, OR so my 9 yr old daughter could see a "fellow violinist.") With her energy and warmth she quickly endeared herself to us! We look forward with glee to seeing Hanneke on stage again at the Sprague in the future. May God bless her life abundantly still.


Wow! what a marvelous collection of fiddle music.
This is an awesome CD with music straight from heaven. Each piece is remarkable and beautiful. Some are sweet and haunting, others wildly energetic and fun. Wow! What an album.
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