Lowlander Highlanders
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Fiddle and drum - bones, spoons, jawharp, deer toe rattler etc, Beverley Conrad and Luke Glick have paired up to perform a wide variety of traditional folk and Celtic tunes from the northern Appalachians.
Why this name?
Lowlander Highlanders... Luke lives in a hollow between two steep ridges and Beverley lives in a swamp between two more ridges so we figure we're from the lowlands but we happen to like music that comes down to us from the Highlands.
Do you play live?
Yes! We do. We perform as strolling musicians at a great many festivals and events as well as host a Making Music Tent at the same. Our tent is filled with fiddles and drums and rhythm instruments of all sorts many of which we make. People are welcome to come in and try their hand at playing. We also give on the spot fiddle and drum, bones and spoon lessons.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Remember those two steep ridges I was talking about? The Internet means that people beyond those hills can hear what we do and we can hear what they do.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Sure.
Band History:
Beverley is best known on the internet and in Pennsylvania as the Fiddlerwoman. She's been playing fiddle forever. Luke started off taking fiddle lessons but when he wanted to start playing gigs it seemed more reasonable for him to accompany Bev on drum. So he learned how to play that. He's a man of many talents and has since become adept at playing the bones, spoons, jawharp and other rhythm instruments. His most recent addition now is that of the octave fiddle. Each of these make a great combination to Bev's fiddle.
Your influences?
Bev learned a lot of what she does just by listening to the old time fiddlers in the northern Appalachian mountains where she lives. Luke is inspired by the Chieftans. He likes to sing too to the Dubliners and the Clancy Brothers. Both like Alasdair Fraiser, too.
Favorite spot?
We like playing in Kutztown at the Kutztown Folk Festival and recently performed in Punxsutawney - home of Phil the Groundhog. Great time at both spots.
Equipment used:
A fiddle - a good one - and a cheap one from Ebay that has been especially set up to play outside in inclement weather. The better to keep strolling. A tunable Irish (bodhran) drum, jawharp, bones made from real bones and wood and some hand made homemade log drums. We make these and found the logs as well as hunted the deer from which we got the hides to make the heads of the drums.
Anything else...?
I like teaching fiddle and have a website setup for people to learn how to play it. It's at http://www.fiddlerwoman.com