44 County Road 7D
Hillsdale, New York 12529

Berklee College of Music's The Folk Arts Quartet (FAQ) perform a style they call "chambergrass": raw, grooving fiddle music played with the grace and sophistication of a classical string quartet. Hear them live at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, July 23–24, at Dodds Farm, in Hillsdale, New York. For full schedule and ticket information, visit: http://www.falconridgefolk.com

The four young women comprising the FAQ include perennial Canadian fiddle champ Ivonne Hernandez; cellist and 2009 Fulbright scholar Liz Davis Maxfield; violist Julie Metcalf; and violinist Hannah Read. The band's unique sound is shaped by the fact that its members hail from Scotland, Canada, and eastern and western United States. Collectively, they've studied with renowned string musicians Matt Glaser, Natalie Haas, Eugene Friesen, John McGann, and others. Visit:http://folkartsquartet.com

About the FAQ's members:

Ivonne Hernandez, violin
Ivonne Hernandez is a fiddler from Victoria, British Columbia, and 2009 Berklee grad, who also plays guitar, piano, cello, flute, percussion, and South American instruments. Since she was 5 years old, she has placed in every fiddle contest she's competed in. She won the Grand North American Fiddle Championship four times, the Merritt Old Time Fiddler’s Provincial Competition twice, and was a finalist at Ottawa's Canadian Grand Masters National Fiddle Competition, 1999–2006. Hernandez has performed with or opened for Alan Jackson, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, The Paperboys, Barachois, and Natalie MacMaster; and at festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has also appeared on Much Music, The New RO, City TV, CHTV and TV5 (Europe), and several CBC Radio programs, including the Vicki Gabereau Show. Hernandez has recorded three solo albums, Playing With Fire (2002, self released), In Time (2005, Warner), and Sisters (2009). http://www.ivonnehernandez.com

Liz Davis Maxfield, cello
From Orem, Utah, Liz Davis Maxfield, a cellist as early as 5, grew up performing in her family's touring folk band, Fiddlesticks. From early on, she developed a love for playing and composing cello music, whether it be classical, folk, jazz, or other styles. After attending Brigham Young University as a classical cello performance major, Maxfield transferred to Berklee to study cello folk music. She has 10 CDs to her credit, many of which she composed the music for. Her newest release is titled Big Fiddle. This year, Maxfield was awarded the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship to study for a year in Ireland. She is the first cellist ever accepted to the University of Limerick's Irish Traditional Music Performance masters program. During her stay, she will write and publish a method book on adapting Irish fiddle and guitar styles for the cello, a groundbreaking concept since the cello is so rare in the world of Irish traditional music. http://www.lizdavismaxfield.com

Julie Metcalf, viola
Julie Metcalf, from Worcester, MA, grew up in a family of musicians who encouraged her to make music at an early age. At first she specialized in classical violin, which she'd go on to study at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, but soon she'd discover a passion for folk, jazz, Celtic, Latin, and other contemporary styles. In May, 2009, Metcalf graduated with a degree in violin performance from Berklee College of Music, where she had been attending on scholarship.http://www.myspace.com/juliemetcalf

Hannah Read, violin
Endinburgh, Scotland, native Hannah Read is a fiddler and vocalist whose style blends Scottish folk, with jazz, soul, and world music. At 11, she enrolled at the City of Edinburgh Music School to study fiddle, classical violin, piano, and voice. While still in school, she performed at Scotland's Usher Hall (for the Dalai Lama), Edinburgh Castle, Murrayfield Stadium, and at the Isle of Eigg’s 10th Anniversary Ceilidh (Independence Day). At 18, she moved to Paris to study jazz vocals at the American School of Modern Music. The following year, she was commissioned to compose the music for the Rowan Tree Theatre Company’s annual production, the Journey of Jeannie Deans — the play was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2007, she enrolled at Berklee where she is currently studying fiddle. Read has appeared onstage with Celine Dion, The Treacherous Orchestra (a collective of renowned Scottish musicians), Crooked Still, Maeve Gilchrist, Ewan Macpherson, and others.http://www.myspace.com/hanaread

The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is held at Dodds Farm, in Hillsdale, New York, at the Tri-State Corner of Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut. Festival attendance in past years has approached as much as 15,000. Though musical acts and styles generally vary in scope from older folk artists such as Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, and Janis Ian to up-and-coming acts from the fringes of folk and other genres from bluegrass (Crooked Still) to polka (Brave Combo), the dominant style of music at the festival is folk-pop. Past festivals have included such artists as Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky, and Ani DiFranco. For the full schedule and ticket information, visit: http://www.falconridgefolk.com

Official Website: http://www.falconridgefolk.com

Added by Berklee MR on July 16, 2009

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