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Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara - Scottish - 11/30 and 12/1
Presidio Chapel
Santa Barbara, CA
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Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara - Scottish - 11/30 and 12/1
Two Concerts! Saturday, November 30th, and Sunday, December 1st

A LOCAL orchestra of Santa Barbara's best musicians playing a rich amalgam of folk and classical music in exciting, unique arrangements!

Scottish is the final program of the Folk Orchestra's 2019 Season! Come and enjoy the gorgeous acoustics of the Presidio and join us for a tasty beer from Telegraph Brewing at intermission.

The Skye Boat Song (Outlander Theme), Scotland the Brave, The Sleeping Tune, Duncan Johnstone, O Come O Come Emmanuel, and MANY MORE!

Don't take our word for it:

  "The concert and where you all were, went to, and took us was amazingly spiritually transcendent and transporting.  Man, did my heart need what you all played.  

  I was wondering what you think about this thought about what your group did and one of the ways I was explaining to myself why I have NEVER heard a concert that had some classical elements in it be so

  Transforming.   My thought goes like this.  Although I have certainly been to classical concerts that were magnificent, I realize, after listening last night to the Spanish Folk Concert, that one of the goals, or even assumptions, of classical performance, is to blend and to be very smooth (excepting avant garde types who purposely dont do this).  

   Whereas what Im guessing makes your ensemble so deeply moving is exactly the opposite of that.  Im guessing the direction, or if not the direction, just the natural spirit of all the musicians is to let your own timbre shine forth and all of our natural timbres will BE the blend, as opposed to tamping down ones natural musical fingerprint to blend into one smooth as glass symphony sound.  

  Yes the blend of the group is wonderful and very tight, but it has such magic that I had to try and figure out the essence of that magic, being a musician myself.  A good example of this is the duet between the two galegas. They blended and clashed and danced together as does everything in nature, like the raw voices of the gypsy kings, in another example.  So what shines out is the entire collective passion of a group of people saying whatever is in their soul at that given moment, giving it to the whole and letting that collective cry be the song that we hear, and it touches us so deeply because it is so human, so gypsy."

Founder/Music Director - Adam Phillips, vocals, Scottish Smallpipes, Irish whistles, gaita Galega, acoustic guitar, mandolin

Violins: *Nicole McKenzie, concertmaster, *Marie H├ębert, Claude-Lise LaFranque, Laura Nelson, DeeDee Nussmeier, Zela Goettler, Laury Woods

Violas: *Kristi Holstein, Jimmy Chen, Esther Frankel, Lucy Kohansamad, Helena McGahagan

Cello: *Jacqueline Greenshields, Michael Burridge, Gerrie Fausett, Karen Spechler

Bass: *Rob Moreno, Todd Hartwig

Harp/Accordion: *Laurie Rasmussen

Bagpipes/ Bodhran: *Alan Wood

Acoustic Guitar: *Michael Witt, *Matthew Roy (hurdy gurdy), Sio Tepper

Mandolin: *Ian Martyn, Pat Hackney, Joshua Jenkins

* denotes Principal players


Presidio Chapel (View)
125 E Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
United States


Music > Celtic
Music > Folk
Music > Symphony
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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