After 32 years Childsplay, comprised with some of the world’s best fiddle players, announced they would be going on tour for the last time. The short six-stop-tour across the Northeast starts in November and will include a performance at Symphony Space in New York City on November 22. Once again, famous fiddler and fiddle maker, Bob Childs, will lead this group as their time together comes to a close. Other members of the group range include Irish and Scottish fiddle champions to performers from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
It is hard to believe from that first show in 1986 that this day would come, but we have arrived at the final tour of the band. We’ve performed throughout the United States and Europe showcasing different styles of fiddle music. Through all of this, we have experienced so much pleasure and joy performing in front of some of the greatest audiences. This last tour gives us one more chance to savor and enjoy the magic that happens between our audience and the band.Bob Childs, Childsplay Frontman
Special guests Sheila Falls, National Scottish Fiddle champions Hanneke Cassel and Katie McNally, Boston Symphony Violinist Bonnie Bewick and the talented Virginia fiddler Steve Hickman will be joining the group as they play music selected from their seven albums. Along with exceptional fiddle playing, one can expect original dances by by Molly Gawler, formerly of Pilobolus, Kevin Doyle contributing step-dancing routines. Irish folk singer Karan Casey will also be on the tour, all contributing to what will a series of extra special concerts.
The group formed over 30 years ago with only one common denominator, they all played instruments made by Childs. Thus Childsplay was formed. A majority of the music that Childsplay performs is written and arranged by the group with the intention to cover as many fiddle traditions as possible, from Irish to Celtic to the classics and more modern sounds.
Tickets for the concerts are on sale now at www.childsplay.org.
Childsplay Tour Dates
Nov. 14 – Stockbridge Theatre – Derry, NH
Nov. 16 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
Nov. 17 – Latchis Theatre – Brattleboro, VT
Nov. 21 – Monomoy Regional High School – Harwich, MA
Nov. 22 – Symphony Space – New York, NY
Nov. 24 – Sanders Theatre – Cambridge, MA (two shows)