This group is a large, fiddle-based community orchestra. With up to 20 fiddles, and several mandolins, guitars, accordians and cellos the group can number as many as 25-30 players for some performances. Smaller line ups can arranged if required.
The Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble are dedicated to reviving traditional Tasmanian country Dance music and for performing original contemporary Tasmanian folk music. The brief of this group is to revive a hoard of great lost and over-looked music, to teach Tasmanian musicians to love and revere their own local traditions and to contribute creatively to expanding these traditions.
Recent performances have featured music by the early Tasmanian fiddle player Alexander Laing, music from the apple-shed dances of the Huon Valley and recent Tasmanian compositions.
Approaching its first decade the ensemble has played through out Tasmania, It has been a featured act at The National Folk Festival in Canberra and has performed at the National Museum in Canberra. It has performed at countless festivals, concerts, fairs, dances and public events throughout Tasmania.
It always wins the hearts of audiences with its powerful and joyful performances.
To come out of a Heritage fiddle concert is to leave with a greater sense of place and history all woven in through beautiful melodies and contagious rhythms.
The Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble practices regularly on Wednesdays from 5.30 pm to 6.30 at MacFie's Music Elizabeth St Hobart. All players and instruments are welcome. Music is taught both by ear and by musical notation. The group can be booked for concert and dances.
Heritage Fiddle 2005.