Spey is proud to introduce Seán Heely, the multi-genre violinist and champion fiddler who is set to debut an original anthem inspired by our lustrous pearl company at our upcoming The Spirit of Conservation benefit event. Seán is rapidly emerging as one of the most creatively versatile and captivating young artists of his generation. Equally at home across a swath of musical genres, his repertoire includes classical, Scottish, Irish, bluegrass, and gypsy swing melodies.
Think that’s impressive? Seán is a Scottish Fiddle National Champion and an award-winning Irish fiddler. He holds a degree from University of South Carolina in Classical Violin Performance and was recently named an Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore Music Center, just outside Washington in Bethesda, Maryland. From his new artistic home in the elegant mansion and music center, Seán will present concerts and educational workshops beginning Spring 2019.
Seán has served on the summer camp faculty of Acadia Trad School and Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat, among others. He was selected to compete in the prestigious Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition in August 2017 and continues to be awarded accolades at each passing of his bow across string. And he plays well with others! He has performed with traditional music icon and Irish fiddle legend Liz Carroll, acclaimed Scottish fiddler Pete Clark, cellist virtuoso Natalie Haas, and uilleann piper Paddy Keenan. At our conservation reception (a must-attend event on your autumn social diary), Seán Heely will be joined by bagpiper Tracy Jenkins for select tunes.
A composer and arranger, Seán has won national awards for his works, including the 2016 Scottish Fiddling Revival’s tune-writing competition. One such piece, inspired by the elegance of Spey fine pearl jewelry, will debut on Sept. 20, 2018. He is currently based in Washington, DC, and when not raising a glass in support of a great cause with Spey, he performs locally with the band Skylark and is a regular guest artist at the British Embassy Scottish Affairs Office and the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington.
Learn more about Seán Heely and listen to a few of his recordings at www.seanheely.com. Then grab your tickets for The Spirit of Conservation to hear him live! As fiddler Liz Carroll once said, he’s “one powerhouse of a fiddler!”