Claudine Langille & the Lads
Claudine & the Lads: Irish/Appalachian Band
“Claudine Langille can really cook on mando-lin and flat picked tenor banjo, and her lead and harmony vocals were a highlight.” – Boston Globe. Claudine is best known for playing with Touchstone, Triona NiDhomhnaill’s highly ac-claimed Irish-Appalachian fusion band based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in the 80’s. Triona just won an all-Ireland traditional award; she is one of her country’s most influential vocalists. Touchstone recorded two award-winning albums on Green Linnet, The New Land and Jealousy. The title track, “Jealousy,” was written by Claudine: it’s a powerful song which has been recorded by other groups and continues to be played internationally. “The band’s prime asset must be Claudine Langille-surely one of the great voices in folk.”- Leicester Mercury, England
Fiddlin Al McCanless is one of the most versatile fiddlers on the North Carolina music scene who plays old time, bluegrass, and now intense Irish music. A founding member of the New Deal String Band, he often plays with friend and incredible vocalist Leroy Savage. Al spent years as fiddler for the Bluegrass Experience, and they won the World Champion Bluegrass prize at the Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers Convention in l972. Al appeared on the Folkways Records, “The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin’ Al McCanless”, as well as recordings by the Bluegrass Experience, his Irish Band Celtic Jam, Contentment Is Wealth, Mike Cross and Alice Gerrard. He now fiddles with the Bluegrass Band Hindsight, The Merry Gadflies, Stellar Bluegrass with Leroy, Jim Watson, NC Heritage Fellow Tony Williamson, Tommy Goldsmith, and the Irish group Claudine and the Lads. Al spent many years as a part time pharmacist in and around Star, NC. He now divides his time being a fiddler, potter, and banjo maker.
Colin Shoemaker took up fife as a child accompanying his father to Revolutionary War reenactments. He developed a passion for all varieties of Celtic music and became a virtuoso whistle and flute player with forays into Breton bombarde. His repertoire spans everything from Medieval to modern Celtic music. He combines incredible speed with flawless execution which creates a breathtaking experience.
Bob Vasile is a guitarist and virtuoso bouzouki player, steeped in Irish tradition but able to explore many other traditions woven together in his own compositions. Until recently, he was part of the Pratie Heads, a duo with Jane Peppler. According to Steve Winick in Dirty Linen, they “created some of the best Celtic, English, and early American folk music available in recorded form.” Bob has taught guitar at the Augusta Heritage Irish Week and won a signed Wayne Henderson guitar at his 1996 Music Festival and Guitar Competition. During the 90s, Bob joined forces with Freyda Epstein and Ralph Gordon in the group Acoustic AttaTude and toured with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.
Will McCanless took up guitar when he was six years old and started backing up his dad, Fiddlin’ Al, at fiddlers conventions. He began playing Celtic music while still a teenager and a week at the Augusta Heritage Celtic week with lessons on DADGAD guitar and cittern with Zan McLeod got him hooked on Celtic music. After majoring in Classical guitar in college he came back to the family pottery business and now operates McCanless Pottery Gallery in Seagrove, NC. Will’s hard driving guitar, tenor banjo and cittern give Fiddling Al and the Lads their unique sound.