Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: Trad String Fling 2017

Best of Trad String Fling at Ashokan - 2017
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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: Trad String Fling 2017
This camp took place May 5-7, 2017

View info for the next Trad String Fling


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2017 Schedule


  • 3-5pm: Arrival and check in.
    Follow signs to check-in. If you must drive down, please unload and then return your car to the main lot immediately. If you need your car nearby for disability or health reasons, youʼll need a special parking permit from the Ashokan office on site.
  • 5pm: Open Jam
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 8pm: Welcome Concert/Workshop, Jam Session


  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9am – Noon: Morning class with Alasdair and Natalie
  • 12:30pm: Lunch
  • 2-5pm: Afternoon class with Alasdair and Natalie
  • 5:30pm: Dinner
  • 7:30pm: Ceilidh (Dance), Jam Session


  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9am-noon: Morning classes with Alasdair and Natalie
  • 12:30: Lunch
  • 3pm: Gala Fiddle and Cello Concert with Alasdair and Natalie plus Jay & Molly!

Performers and Teachers

Alasdair Fraser is consummate teacher and performer. Alasdair’s dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland’s music has created an international demand for his concert performances. Fraser-Haas-Promo-ShotBorn in the county of Clackmannan, Scotland, Alasdair now lives in California and tours regularly. He has been a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the United States, inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, annual fiddle camps, and concerts. You can find more about Alasdair on his website.

Natalie Haas is a vibrant and creative cellist, a seasoned performer and recording artist, and a skilled and experienced teacher. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, Natalie discovered the cello at age nine. In addition to having extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres. Her musical journey found purpose when she fell in love with Celtic music at Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11. Inspired and encouraged by Alasdair, she began to investigate the cello’s potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes. Her and Fraser’s duo release, Fire & Grace, was awarded the Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004. More information about Natalie can be found on her website.

Joining Alasdair and Natalie again this year will be dance caller Quena Crain, and fiddle coaches Katie KcNally and Donal Sheets.

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Quena Crain – dance caller
Quena (pr: KAY-nuh) grew up contra dancing in San Diego, California. She called her first contra dance at Camp Harmony Folk Music and Dance camp on New Year’s eve the year she turned sixteen, but it wasn’t until she moved to Blue Hill, Maine that she really caught the calling bug. Quena is known for her cheerful stage presence, easy teaching style and her enjoyably diverse repertoire of dances.

Katie McNally – fiddle coach
Recent covergirl for Fiddler Magazine, Katie McNally has made waves in both the American folk music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, Flourish, in 2013. She has performed and taught fiddle courses in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Scotland, England, and France. Katie performs regularly as a soloist and has collaborated with guitarist Eric McDonald and all-woman trad group, Long Time Courting.

Donal Sheets – cello coach
Donal grew up surrounded by traditional music and dance and played jazz bass and classical cello from a very young age. He has spent many years playing American and Irish music on cello and a variety of other instruments. The resonant chords and percussive rhythms of his cello create an indescribably vibrant soundscape drawing from many different traditions. He has taught and performed at music and dance festivals throughout the United States and is a member of the band Gallimaufry.

View info and photos from the 2016 Trad String Fling.