""World class fiddler... far from just offering one dance tune after another, simple settings allow the true beauty of the music to shine through"" - Sing Out

The traditional music of New England can be as warm and comforting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as a summer thunderstorm. Fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger is a master of both moods, a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and carefree joy of dance tunes old and new.

Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Lissa grew up with music. She began playing fiddle at the age of six, inspired by her mother's interest in folk music and a family friend who was a professional violinist. Soon she was studying with influential Maine fiddler Greg Boardman and sitting in with the Maine Country Dance Orchestra. By the time she was in high school she was playing concerts on her own, specializing in the sprightly New England dance tunes that combine influences from the British Isles and Quebec with homegrown twists that have been evolving since Colonial days. Another of her major influences was the diverse musical community that she found at fiddle camps, where she had a chance to play with and learn from a wide variety of musicians including noted Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser. In 2001 she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in contemporary improvisation, and since then has been performing around the US and internationally for a growing audience of enthusiastic listeners. She has recorded seven CDs, (four solo and three with various groups).

Lissa's fiddling is uplifting and lively, and her singing is gentle and evocative. Both in concert and in the studio she is regularly accompanied by some of New England's best musicians, including guitarists Keith Murphy and Matt Heaton and double bassist Corey DiMario.

Recently she has been closely studying the roots of the Downeast traditional music that she first heard as a young girl. Her latest project is a pair of CDs dedicated to reintroducing some wonderful but largely forgotten songs and tunes from New England that she uncovered through archival research at the University of Maine and elsewhere. ""Song"", to be released in April 2008, contains ten timeless ballads that go back as far as the eighteenth century that she set to carefully crafted modern arrangements, while ""Dance"", scheduled for 2009, will feature fiddle tunes. ""There is currently a lot of focus on traditional American music from the South"", she explains, ""and many bands are exploring and recording that repertoire, but no one is getting to hear the amazing repertoire of traditional music from the North. This is my first attempt at getting some of that music out there for people to enjoy.""

Whether playing for a folk club audience or a hall full of dancers, Lissa brings to the stage enthusiasm, energy, and the bright future of New England's musical traditions.

The Little Musgrove and Lady Barnswell




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Young Charlotte
Lissa Schneckenburger sings Young Charlotte, from 'Song' released on Footprint Records in 2008. Available for sale at www.lissafiddle.com



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Carl Schonbeck

10/12/2008 2:47:05 PM
Hi Lissa, just wanted to tell I really like your interesting take on trad NE music (I'm originally from central Mass.) and yer voice is lovely. All the best to you and continued success.


 

       

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7/1/08
The news this month is that there are a LOT of new photos up on the web site from some Club Passim shows, and the Denmark tour. Check them out at www.lissafiddle.com/photos.htm

5/11/08
Check out Lissa's new music video for ""Lovely Jaime"", on Youtube, http://www.youtube.com/user/mainefiddler, and the great write up about the new CD in Yankee Magazine, http://www.yankeemagazine.com/blogs/nemusic/song

4/15/08
Lissa's newest CD, Song, is available on line and across the nation, starting TODAY! Check out www.lissafiddle.com to get your own copy!


3/6/08
Lissa's newest CD, Song, will be available for sale right here at www.lissafiddle.com, starting April 15th! In the mean time you can read all about it here, and catch a sneak preview of one of the tracks, at www.myspace.com/lissaschneckenburger.

1/28/08
Corey DiMario has a new blog, describing all sorts of musical touring adventures, including our recent trip to Scotland for the Celtic Connections Festival! Check it out at www.playthebassdrivethebus.blogspot.com, and enjoy!

Also, our good friends and musical cohorts Matt and Shannon Heaton have been nominated for FolkWax Artist of the Year! To show your support and put in your vote, visit www.visnat.com/entertainment/music/folkwax/voting.cfm. If you haven't heard Matt and Shannon yet, their new web address is www.mattandshannonheaton.com
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