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by Emerald Rae

Emerald's charismatic fiddling brings vigor and energy to ancient melodies while forging new pathways with her own clever compositions.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Contemplaytion
3:51 $0.99
2. The Glass Fiddle
3:13 $0.99
3. Polly Put the Kettle On
4:20 $0.99
4. Steps
2:08 $0.99
5. A Skye Song
5:46 $0.99
6. Cape Breton Blast
3:16 $0.99
7. The Blackest Crow
7:39 $0.99
8. Raven, Stone and Adder
3:17 $0.99
9. The Day Dawns
5:30 $0.99
10. Pressed for Time
5:25 $0.99
11. Let the Cold Wind Blow
5:37 $0.99
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Album Notes

Besides having an effervescent stage personae and a flair for writing tunes,Emerald is U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion (2004), and graduate of Berklee College of Music (2006) where she majored in Film Scoring, and is currently completing a Masters Thesis in Early Scottish Fiddle Sources through the University of Glasgow after spending a year researching in Scotland.

She brings vigor and energy to ancient melodies while forging new pathways for her own clever compositions. Her performances feature an eclectic mix of fiddle styles, pulling influences from Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia and Scandinavia, all delivered with her unique style and grace. Her comfort on stage and with her audiences make it a truly entertaining experience.

On her debut solo album "Contemplaytion", Emerald brings some of the east coast's finest Celtic accompanyists to play with her. The album included her fiddling, singing, dancing, and 12 original tunes.


"If her charismatic debut disc,"Contemplaytion", is any proof, Rae may
be Boston's next fiddle wunderkind. Her sound is rooted deep in the
robust Cape Breton style, but delivered in an enticingly modern and
personal way. Her fiddling is technically spot-on, yet elegantly
earthy, her bow merrily bouncing along the strings, as though unable
to resist joining the dance."
Scott Alarik - Boston Globe (Apr, 2006)

"...the eloquent playing of 2-Time New England Scottish Fiddle Champion
Emerald Rae fills the heart as well as the ear"
Louis Kennedy - Boston Globe (Dec, 2005)

About the album: "... wonderfully done, and produced with subtlety
that embraces the listener, we are entranced by the talent and look
forward to more."
Don Kimenker - earBuzz (Nov, 2005)

"Emerald has a way of getting everyone in the room toe tapping and
hand clapping - her sparkle of fiddling energy just translates into
raw excitement for all to enjoy."
- Celtic Radio (Nov, 2005)



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Very fine
A great debut CD. The arrangements are very pleasant (fine cello parts) and the tunes very interesting too. I hope that this young fiddler will bring us many other cds !

Ron Janssen

Great fiddleplaying with a lot of knowledge about the backgrounds!
Great fiddleplaying with a lot of knowledge about the historical backgrounds of these styles. The celloparts are amazing and creating fundamental rythms for building the tunes on. Emerald has a fine technique on her instrument. All together it´s a great album with a warm sound. You´ll keep on listening to it again and again!

Scott Holder

Excellent CD, awesome music
As a cellist (albeit out of practice), as well as a Scottish/Irish/Celtic music lover, this CD fit my musical tastes perfectly. Some of the best fiddling and musicianship I've heard in awhile. I've had a few friends wonder "How'd they do that?" with some of the playing done by several of the instruments, and it's become nearly a daily listen when I'm at work.