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About Donna Hébert:
Cited for “Outstanding Artistic Achievement” by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, fiddle master Donna Hébert is a State Artist’s Fellow in the Folk Arts with eight NEA-funded Master-Apprenticeship grants. Fiddle instructor at both Amherst and Smith Colleges in Western Mass., Donna also directs participatory youth performances with the Great Groove Band at Old Songs and Philadelphia Folk Festivals. Publisher of the Fiddling Demystified for Strings series, Donna directs Fiddling Demystified/Fiddle & Strings Summer Camp at Old Songs near Albany NY. She writes, records and performs with Max Cohen, Molly Hebert-Wilson and Groovemama.
“Donna is a gem – one of the best, and 'Raven’s Wing’ [that] she and Max have written is a brilliant tune!” – Seamus Connolly, Irish fiddle master
About Max Cohen:
Influenced by finger-style guitar icons Michael Hedges and Pierre Bensusan as well as the hot traditional musicians he plays with, Max Cohen fuses finger-style artistry with solid groove. Dar Williams calls him “an endearing and inspiring performer. I love Max!” A natural teacher and the ultimate accompanist, Max finds himself an essential member of several groups with fiddler Donna Hébert, Irish accordionist John Whelan, singer Priscilla Herdman and more. Max joins Groovemama at Old Songs and Philadelphia Folk Festivals to coach youth performances with the Great Groove Band and also teaches every summer at Old Songs Fiddle & Strings Camps in upstate NY.
About Molly Hebert-Wilson:
Molly Hebert-Wilson graduated in Irish Studies and Musical Theater from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Bringing a decade of theatre and singing experience to her performances, Molly’s songs in French, Irish Gaelic and English are a highlight of the group’s performances. A member of the NYU Irish Folk Group, she studied at Trinity College in Ireland and teaches Irish language to children in Brooklyn. Featured at the Old Songs Festival’s Tree of Life concerts from 2005-2008, Molly debuted with Mist Covered Mountains at the 2010 festival and grew up singing in French with her mother, Donna Hébert. Says film producer, actor and friend Mike Haley (Angels in America, Closer), “I saw Molly Hebert-Wilson at the top of the musical ladder in 2008. Since then, she’s added more rungs than one can imagine!”
August 2, 2012Music
From L’Acadie to the Land of Faerie draws from Celtic and French-Canadian roots, creating vignettes of New England mill towns’ Irish and French communities at the height of the Industrial Revolution through earthy dance tunes and haunting airs. Donna Hébert’s fierce fiddle rhythms and Max Cohen’s impeccable groove guitar link to create an orchestra of sound. Their amazing musical chemistry catches fire when Donna’s daughter, Molly Hébert-Wilson, adds her thrilling singing in English, French and Gaelic.
“Really a treat – fabulous musicians with a wonderful way of playing together.” – Jay Ungar