Na Fidléirí, (“the fiddlers”) was founded and is directed by Mary Taylor. It has been frequently called the nation’s finest, most unique Celtic fiddling ensemble for young fiddlers. Na Fidléirí is made up of 20 to 25 auditioned fiddlers between the ages of 10 and 18, plus pennywhistle, bodhran and guitar. Na Fidléirí performs repertoire from the Celtic tradition, specially arranged for them by Mary Taylor. Members are taught the technique and style of Celtic fiddling, while simultaneously being grounded in a classical technical foundation.
The group’s members are diverse and reside throughout the Charleston-metro area. The ensemble has a performing repertoire of more than 50 tunes, primarily Irish in origin, performed entirely from memory with traditional accompaniment. Na Fidléirí has performed throughout Charleston and the Southeast. It toured Ireland to critical acclaim with it sister ensemble the Taylor Festival Choir in the summer of 2013.
Na Fidléirí has been featured in numerous regional festivals, including the Swannanoa Gathering, the Augusta Irish Festival, the Savannah Irish Festival, the South Carolina State Fair, and the International Festival at Francis Marion College. It has been featured as the headliner with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in a performance that was described as “a most delightful evening of first-rate entertainment full of Celtic pathos and toe-tapping Irish energy” (Charleston Post and Courier). A regular performer at the Charleston Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Na Fidléirí has been the opening act for well-known artists such as Celtic Rhythms from County Clare, Ireland and Irish Tenor John MacNally. In keeping with the group’s civic-minded mission of giving back to the community, Na Fidléirí performs outreach concerts at area schools.
It has been featured on statewide television, and has released critically acclaimed CDs From the New Country , Na Fidléirí Live, and Farewell to Erin. (Grab a CD in our Store!)
Na Fidléirí holds auditions every year in the last week of August. For more information and to find out how you can join the ensemble, please contact us!
Na Fidléirí Open Auditions!
Interested in Irish and Scottish fiddle? Do you enjoy making music with friends in a lively, fun atmosphere? Would you like making music in Ireland? Charleston’s internationally-renowned Celtic fiddling ensemble NaFidleiri is holding “season kick-off auditions” for fiddle, bodhran, and penny whistle. Interested students should contact Na Fidleiri Director Mary Taylor at (843) 819-6961 to schedule an audition.