Stage Performances

Kevin is a witty and warm storyteller and a tremendous musician, who draws audiences into worlds  of heightened experience, where wisdom and foolishness mix in ways that are enlightening, entertaining, entrancing and most of all fun.

His performances  are rich in ways that appeal to children as well as adults. And his music is dazzling in its variety and expressiveness. Acclaimed storyteller and harpist says, " Kevin Carr is one terrific musician: fiddles, bagpipes, whistles, drums, you name it. He also has one of the most engaging stage presences I have ever seen."

Kevin Carr presents his new show - "Searching for True Gold" - a solo journey through memories personal and collective. Instead of a walking stick he'll be bringing several fiddles, a number of small bagpipes and a couple of banjos.

"What happened to Midas after his whole gold fiasco, and how many ways can you be taken by the fairies? And can mistakes really pay off? Should you ever trust a man who lives in a river?And who invented bagpipes, anyway?"

 

 

MY GRANDFATHER'S FIDDLE


Kevin Carr presents a program called," My Grandfather's Fiddle", consisting of fiddle tunes, bagpipe melodies, songs and stories from Ireland, Quebec, Galicia and other green places. He'll be playing fiddle, banjo, Irish uilleann pipes, Scottish smallpipes and Galician Gaita ( bagpipes).  

Grandfather's Fiddle was an elusive instrument, a legend in Kevin's family, which he tried to get ahold of for many years. During that whole time he was also traveling and collecting music and lore from far flung places around the world, following his imagination and luck into just the right places at just the right times.
It took him many years to realize that he was never going to find his grandfather's actual fiddle, but that he was in fact slowly discovering the kind of magic that would make his grandfather's fiddle come alive again, and resonate in the imaginations of audiences of all ages. 

 

Kevin Carr has played fiddle and pipes and told stories for thirty years, at fiddle and dance camps and on stages, at festivals and in schools across the USA and in Canada, and Europe.


STORIES FROM MUSICAL REALMS -  THE MUSIC BETWEEN THE NOTES

This is a program of folk tales concerning inspiration and the magic of music, with culturally authentic examples played on fiddle, Irish, scottish, Slovakian, French and Galicia/Spanish bagpipes.

FIDDLE MUSIC IN THE AMERICAS

Our ancestors brought with them rich musical traditions when they came to the North American continent, and one of the chief instruments on which they kept those traditions alive was the violin, or fiddle as it came to be called in folk music circles. Portable, loud enough to play for dancing, versatile enough to play music that was nostalgic and sweet, as well as fiery and hypnotic, the fiddle was a perfect vessel for keeping the old music and dances alive, and for helping them evolve in the New World.

Kevin plays multiple styles of fiddle music, and can talk engagingly about the history of the fiddle, and of dance music in many immigrant communities. An accomplished storyteller, he weaves together tales and lore with  music from Irish, Scottish, French( and Quebecois), Latino and Scandinavian sources, leaving adults and children alike tapping their toes and humming historic melodies.

IRISH MUSIC AND TALES

Irish traditional folk music has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity in the last thirty years. Kevin demonstrates this beguiling music on fiddle, Irish ( Uilleann) bagpipes, pennywhistle, tenor banjo, concertina and accordion. He also tells the kind of tales which are inextricably woven in with the music, and explains the evolution of the music over the last several centuries.

THE OTHER BAGPIPES:

EXOTIC AND LESSER KNOWN PIPING TRADITIONS OF THE WORLD

For a thousand years, across Europe, North Africa, and much of the Near East, rural people danced to, performed rituals with, and treasured the music of their indigenous bagpipes-once one of the most ubiquitous of folk instruments. Now the bagpipe is most often thought of as a uniquely Scottish instrument, a circumstance largely due to the British Army's use of Scottish regiments as the vanguard in their creation of the British Empire.
This program introduces listeners to the bagpipes of many cultures, along with a bit of the folklore associated with this powerful, beguiling, almost shamanic instrument. The piping traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden,  Slovakia, Croatia, Georgia, Iran, and Tunisia will be represented. The pipes of these countries range from grand in size to petite, and in sound volume and timbre from strident to suave. The pipes themselves are marvelous cultural icons to look at-each unique, and each chosen to represent a particular type, or family of instruments.