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MUSIC: Jamie Laval and Dan Compton play Celtic tunes May 31 at YWCA ballroom

Celtic fiddler Jamie Laval hosts a fiddle workshop at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the YWCA ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St., followed by a concert at 7 p.m.

Laval performs traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Quebec, blending an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair.

He’ll be joined in the concert by Irish-style guitarist Dan Compton.

Concert cost is $20 general, $10 students. Concert details: Brown Paper Tickets.

The workshop includes learning the stripped-down versions of several classic tunes (reels, jigs, strathspeys, hornpipes) as well as dance-inducing devices into the tunes, plus learning slurred bowing patterns, and much more. He will teach the class primarily by ear, but sheet music of tunes and bowing styles will be given for home study. Audio recorders are welcome.

A native of Seattle, Laval began his musical career studying classical violin at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and made his living as a professional symphony musician, recording studio artist, improvising violinist, and contra dance fiddler. His passion for the haunting sounds of rural Scottish folk music eventually usurped all other preoccupations, and he now devotes himself exclusively to Celtic music.

Register for the workshop ($12) at Brown Paper Tickets.

More details: 360-733-5960.

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