Capital Weekend 2004
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A Scottish Country Dance Weekend Workshop, April 4-6, 2004
On the Grounds of the National Cathedral School, Washington, DC


A California native, Laura Risk (fiddle) began playing Scottish fiddle music as a teenager. Her love of traditional fiddling has led her into a rich journey of performing and teaching the beautiful and diverse repertoires of Scotland, Cape Breton and, most recently, Quebec, where she now lives. As evidenced in several highly-praised albums, her playing is extremely expressive and versatile, ranging from elegant music composed for 18th-century Scottish drawing rooms to driving strathspeys and reels suitable for a Cape Breton dance floor.

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For over a decade Dave Wiesler (piano) has been building a national reputation for his rhythmic and innovative piano playing. At home in a huge range of styles, Dave plays for events ranging from studio work, parties, and concerts to dances of many flavors His concerts include several major venues, including the Kennedy Center, the Washington Folk-Life Festival, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Dave has played at festivals and camps across the country as well as in Canada, Scotland, and England. He is a prolific composer of tunes and songs.

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Susie Petrov (piano) stumbled upon Scottish music when she discovered Scottish Country dancing as a teenager at St. Columba's in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory. She was the first North American pianist to play at the RSCDS summer school in St. Andrews, Scotland. She started her band, Local Hero in 1988. Susie has a number of recordings to her credit.. She has taught Scottish music in Scotland, and was a guest lecturer at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

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Ralph Gordon (bass and cello) is a classically trained musician educated at West Virginia University and the Manhattan School of Music. He played for many years with the innovative folk band Trapezoid, and his skills span a wide range of musical styles from chamber music to big band swing. He can be heard on more than 90 recordings. Ralph plays with Terpsichore, Waverly Station, and Music of Spey, and has worked extensively on revitalizing Scottish folk cello style.

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Contact: Jenn Mayrovitz, (410) 381-3948, or Jim Mielke, (301) 589-3045,

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