Back stage – Alasdair Fraser releases new CD, receives award |

Back stage – Alasdair Fraser releases new CD, receives award

Alasdair Fraser has been especially busy this month, both at home on the San Juan Ridge, where his Culburnie Records is located, and Spain, where he spent the past week on tour.

Fraser was in Spain to celebrate the Spanish release of his new CD, “Fire & Grace,” a collaboration with cellist Natalie Haas. “Fire & Grace” will be released in this country on April 20.

He flies back to the states just in time for a concert Saturday with Scottish pianist Muriel Johnstone at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley and then starts rehearsals with the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers. The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers are preparing for its annual spring concerts, one of which will be at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building on May 1.

On March 20, Fraser will perform with Haas at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. While there, Fraser will receive the annual Scottish Heritage Center Service Award which recognizes outstanding contributions to the preservation and perpetuation of Scottish heritage, culture and traditions.

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Julie Baker attends Scope Art Fair

Julie Baker Fine Art is one of about 65 galleries from several countries accepted to Scope Art Fair this Friday through Monday in New York City. The fine art gallery is in downtown Grass Valley.

Julie Baker Fine Art will exhibit the work of Matt Duffin of Nevada City and Nellie King Solomon of San Francisco at the art fair.

Scope Art Fair brings together up-and-coming dealers, curators and artists who exhibit cutting-edge art in a relaxed atmosphere at several rooms of Hotel Gansevoort.

Julie Baker Fine Art is at 120 N. Auburn St. Check out on the Web or call 273-0910 for more information about the gallery.

Ani DiFranco concert tickets are sold out

All 900 tickets for the Ani DiFranco-Utah Phillips concert on April 3 at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building are sold out.

“The tickets went on sale Feb. 19, and they were gone by March 1,” said Richard Gorman, KVMR’s development director. “There was a feeding frenzy on the first day when we sold a third of the tickets.”

Tickets were $30 for KVMR members and $35 for nonmembers.

“We got calls from Eureka, Santa Rosa, San Francisco and all points in between,” Gorman said. “We’re still getting phone calls – people just begging, ‘do you know any place where there’s a ticket?’ The answer is no.”

Todd Sickafoose on bass will accompany DiFranco and Phillips.

For anyone who missed buying tickets for the April 3 concert, DiFranco will play in Chico’s Laxson Auditorium on April 5. Call 898-6333 for ticket information.

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