PORTLAND – Lissa Schneckenburger, a young traditional fiddler and folk singer from Litchfield, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, in The St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St.

The concert will include many selections from her newest record, “Lissa Schneckenburger.” It will be a fiddle event to remember, sure to get feet tapping to favorite jigs and reels, according to the arts center.

The new CD is a mix of traditional and original material. Acoustic guitar, double bass, mandolin, viola, cello and percussion all add to the traditional fiddle tunes and ballads. This recording will be available at the concert, as well as on line at www.lissafiddle.com.

Schneckenburger, who grew up in Litchfield as an active member of the Maine’s folk dance community, began playing at a very young age. She graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2001.

Called an “exhilarating young traditional performer” by the folk-music magazine Dirty Linen, Schneckenburger has performed in Russia, Western Europe, Canada and across the United States.

She has opened for artists such as master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, singer Judy Collins and songwriter Richard Thompson. Her previous recordings include two solo titles, the widely reviewed “Different Game” in 2001 and “The Mad Hatter” in 1997, as well as recent CDs with the bands Halali, Phantom Power and Spin.

Schneckenburger picked up the fiddle at age 6 and was quickly recognized as a prodigy. Her teachers included Greg Boardman, a member of the Bates College music faculty and a pillar of Maine’s folk music community who brought his young protégé into the state’s thriving contradance scene.

She went on to become a champion fiddler, taking top awards at contests across New England, and she later studied with such top musicians as Fraser, Jay Ungar and Matt Glazer.

“It’s been exciting to observe her progress as a performer over the years,” says Boardman, “as her facility, experience and ardor continue to expand.”

“The bulk of the music I play could be described as a New England fiddle style,” said Schneckenburger.

“But I’ve been influenced by plenty of other traditional music along the way – French Canadian, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, old-time and klezmer. I’ve used those influences to create a style that is all my own.”

For more information, people can go to her Web site, http://lissafiddle.com/

Tickets for the concert are $10. They are available in advance at Bull Moose Music or by visiting http://stlawrencearts.org/


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