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April 3, 2012 – Fiddler Hannah Read to Make Ellis Island Debut

April 3, 2012

Fiddler Hannah Read to Make Ellis Island Debut

Edinburgh-Born Musician To Appear at Tartan Day on Ellis Island

Scots fiddler Hannah Read will make her Ellis Island debut this Friday, April 6 (Tartan Day) at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Edinburgh-born Read joins an impressive roster of Scottish entertainers scheduled to perform over the Tartan Day weekend.


The weekend also includes performances by the Rampant Lion Pipe Band, the New York Celtic Dancers and Scottish Storytellers/Folksingers Jeslyn and Ben Wheeless.

Read joins the Tartan Day program immediately following her performance at “From Scotland With Love” – the Tartan Week fashion fundraiser benefitting the Wounded Warriors (USA) and Cash for Kids (Scotland) charities.

Fiddler Hannah Read set to perform at Clan Currie's

Hannah Read is a young innovative singer, songwriter and fiddler from Edinburgh, Scotland. At the age of 7, gaining inspiration from her older sister, she started taking violin lessons. Shortly after, Hannah and her family moved to the Isle of Eigg, a remote island off the West coast of Scotland. It was here that her passion for Scottish music really flourished, as she became exposed to a way of life that essentially revolved around playing music. No televisions just house ceilidhs.

At 11, Hannah was accepted into the prestigious City of Edinburgh Music School where she studied Scottish fiddle, classical violin, jazz singing and piano. By 17, Hannah was singing as much as she was playing the fiddle and in 2005 she was admitted into The American School of Modern Music in Paris to study jazz vocals. In 2007, she gained a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, to study bluegrass, Appalachian old-time, jazz and other popular contemporary music styles.

In 2010, Hannah joined the Edinburgh band and have toured Western Canada, Norway, Sweden and throughout the UK. Fribo’s latest record ‘Happ’ has been critically acclaimed and was nominated for ‘Best Album’ at the Scottish New Music Awards 2011 as well as the ‘Best Folk Band’ at the Scottish Trad Music Awards taking place in December 2011.

Click here to see and hear Hannah Read perform on Ellis Island.

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