Front page article in the Winston-Salem Journal's arts section
NEW for 2017! Our fiddle & cello duo format, Bonnie Bows!
Welcome to Belles on Strings
We are Ann Borden on Celtic harp, Beth Hyland on fiddle and bodhran, and Tracey Maxwell on cello. We're based in the NC Piedmont—Greensboro & Winston-Salem—smack dab in the path of The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road. From the 1700s onward, this wilderness highway brought many thousands of Scots-Irish settlers, and their music, to our area.
We perform traditional Scottish and Irish music as well as original compositions. Our arrangements draw upon historical Celtic roots and are influenced by jazz, classical and folk traditions. We like to say we heed the call of our Scots-Irish ancestry but answer with a contemporary spin! Coming off our debut CD, which contains many original compositions, this year we're focusing on arranging traditional and modern Scottish and Irish tunes. In addition to our standard trio format, we also perform as a fiddle & cello duo, called Bonnie Bows. Our duo format is perfect for tight spaces or outdoor venues.
Our combined experience includes music degrees, years of teaching, working in numerous bands, and participation in many camps, conferences and workshops. We 3 belles and our 44 strings welcome you to join us on a Celtic musical journey begun many hundreds of years ago and still evolving.
May your heart sing and your kilt swing!
Belles on Strings Logo by Maxwell Design, www.russmaxwell.com
Bonnie Bows logo by Beth Hyland