Fiddlers Add New Tunes, Revive Fan Favorites for Saturday’s Hometown Show with The Ragbirds

 03/09/2017 - 09:24
The 2017 Saline Fiddlers Hometown Show is Saturday Night

When the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic takes the stage Saturday night at 7 pm. for their annual Hometown Show at Saline High School’s Ellen Ewing Auditorium, they will be debuting new songs from the soon-to-be-released CD “Breakin’ It Down!” and reviving fan favorites that haven’t been heard for years.

 Here are three tunes to watch and listen for:

“The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” the 1979 Charlie Daniels Band hit that tells the story of an epic fiddle contest between a young man and the devil, was a Fiddlers fan favorite before it was retired a few years ago. Now it’s back with even more energy than before. Daniels’ song is actually derived from a tune called “Lonesome Fiddle Blues” written by the legendary Vassar Clements, who played with Bill Monroe, Dicky Betts, Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, David Grisman, Paul McCartney and more. See and and

“Lianne MacLean's Revenge” is a Scottish reel composed by Hanneke Cassel, the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion. Hanneke, who conducted a workshop with the Fiddlers Restrung ahead of their 2013 Hometown Show, has a uniquely American approach to Scottish music. She draws influence from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton fiddle styles and fuses them with grooves from the Boston bluegrass/Americana scene to take traditional music to the cutting edge. It’s unclear who Lianne MacLean was or why she wanted revenge.  But she hailed from an ancient Scottish clan whose seat is Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull. The clan name means “Son of Gillean” and was taken from the 13th-century warrior Gillean of the Battle-Axe. Later generations of the MacLeans were aligned to the Stuart Kings of England. See

“Shalom” is a traditional Klezmer fiddle tune. Klezmer, which means “vessel of song” in Yiddish, is the secular folk music of Eastern European Jews.  The style is highly danceable, which makes it especially popular for weddings and other joyous occasions.  Jewish immigrants brought Klezmer to America in late 18th and early 20th centuries, where new Jazz-influenced arrangements took shape. The Fiddler’s play Shalom in a three-part round. The melody gets passed between groups of instruments and the tempo gets faster and faster as it repeats. It's always a bit of a push to see just how fast the players can go! See

After the Fiddlers’ set, The Ragbirds, the genre-bending, indie-pop band from Ann Arbor will take the stage. To watch Ragbirds music videos, click here:

Hometown tickets are available at the door for $15 (adults) and $10 students. 


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