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Award-winning Scottish fiddler presents concert at St. Andrews

Bonnie RideoutLaurinburg, N.C. – Fans of Scottish music will be treated to a free concert featuring award-winning Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout on March 19 beginning at 7 p.m. in Avinger Auditorium on the St. Andrews Presbyterian College campus.

Rideout, with her unique style of Scottish fiddling charming audiences across the globe, has been featured on the BBC, CPS, NPR’s Performance Today and Morning Edition. She is also consistently played on NPR’s The Thistle and Shamrock.

Rideout has authored seven music books for Mel Bay Publishing Company while also recording more than 13 solo albums and appearing as a guest musician on dozens of CDs. Her A Scottish Christmas became a New York Times “Top Ten Holiday Best Seller” and prompted a touring show that has sold out halls across North America for over a decade. Her popular recording, Gi’Me Elbow Room, received the coveted Parent’s Choice Gold Award. She was also nominated for a Grammy award.

She incorporated her own record label, Tulloch Music, Ltd., in 2003. Four years later, Rideout was recognized as one of America’s top 10 most influential traditional fiddlers of the 20th century. She is the only American to hold the honor of representing Scottish fiddle music at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival. She is the first woman to hold the national Scottish fiddle title and the youngest to have garnered the U.S. Championship, winning it for three consecutive years.

The performance will be enhanced with narration by well-known musicologist and composer Dr. John Purser, Gaelic Song by the award-winning Máiri Síne Chaimbeul, and piping and drumming by members of the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Pipe Band.

This concert is a part of the Scottish Heritage Weekend at St. Andrews scheduled for March 18-20. The events include the Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium, the Scottish Heritage Awards Banquet and the Kirkin’ of the Tartans worship service at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.

For a full schedule of events and registration information, please go to http://www.sapc.edu/shc/scottishheritagesymposium.php or call the Scottish Heritage Center at 910-277-5236. Email reservations are also taken at rsvp@sapc.edu. Please remember to include Scottish Heritage in the subject line and include names of all participants.


About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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