Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward are a touring Scottish fiddle duo who combine traditional fiddling with historical scholarship to create a “cutting edge” musical experience that has been described as everything from “metal” to “baroque.” Using period instruments and mixing High Baroque chamber music with high-energy dance tunes, their 18th-century Scottish aesthetic brings a fresh perspective to the tradition.
Praised for his "impressive and stylistically Scottish playing" (Dr. Melinda Crawford) and heralded as "a real fiddler" (Bonnie Rideout), Tim Macdonald is a regular performer, composer, and teacher of Scottish-Baroque music.
Tim is the first and only US National Scottish Fiddling Champion to win on a Baroque violin, and his performances with Trio Settecento, Susie Petrov, The Newberry Consort, Colyn Fischer, the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, and many others have taken him from New York City's Frick Collection to the villages of Indonesia, countless country and contra dances, Scotland's Blair Castle, and beyond. Recent projects include helping to perform Scotland's first opera, The Gentle Shepherd, in full for the first time in over two centuries, lecturing on applying the rhetorical ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment to modern fiddling, playing fully-staged Elizabethan jigs, joining classical superstar Rachel Barton Pine for an encore of traditional tunes following her performance of Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, and serving as music and dancing master at a thoroughly-researched recreation of a 1770s American tavern. His radio appearances include WQXR classical radio (New York City), BBC Scotland's Take the Floor, and WBOM radio (Rockford, IL).
In addition to performing, Tim runs a private teaching studio, is on faculty at The Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, and has given lectures on historic Scottish music at Wheaton College (IL), The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music (Plockton, Scotland), the Jane Austen Festival (Louisville, KY), and countless gatherings of living historians. His compositions have won first place at both Scottish FIRE Composition Competitions and are now available in print. A "remarkably capable" scholar as well as a performer (Dr. Johann Buis), Tim was an Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellow at the Newberry Library for the 2015-16 academic year, where he researched the period-correct performance of Scottish-Baroque music, focusing on the work of Robert Mackintosh. He also plays the viola d'amore, harpsichord, piano, and English concertina, serves on the board of the Great Lakes Baroque (with Artistic Director Jory Vinikour) and on the leadership team of his local church, is an award-winning software developer, and ran the Chicago Marathon for charity.
Jeremy David Ward is a cellist whose musical inspiration and repertoire spans from Renaissance dance music to the post-tonal works of Saariaho and Dutilleux. As a performer of early bass instruments, he is a founding member of the 16th and 17th century brass and strings ensemble Rook. Rook has performed at the Boston and Madison Early Music Fringe Festivals. It was also chosen to participate in Carnegie Hall’s Professional Training Workshop with L’Arpeggiata. In 2014, the group held a weekend residency at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and released its premier album, Eleven. Jeremy also enjoys musicking with other early music ensembles such as Three Notch’d Road and The Newberry Consort, where he has performed with historical performance luminaries Bruce Dickey, Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Tom Zajac. He is also a member of the Newberry Violin Band.
His contemporary music collaborations have included performances with Chicago new music groups Eighth Blackbird and Dal Niente as well as Chicago Opera Vanguard and members of the Pacifica Quartet. He was also a member of the ensemble Oberlin 21, with whom he recorded works of Debussy and Takamitsu with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis on the Telarc label.
Jeremy is a guest lecturer at Wheaton Conservatory where he teaches historical performance practice. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and currently lives in and loves the great city of Chicago.
|March 18 2017||Tim and Jeremy at Uncommon Ground, followed by Artemisia Uncommon Ground Lakeview, 3800 N Clark St, Chicago, IL • 8pm|
|March 20 2017||English Country Dance, preceded by a lecture-concert on Robert Mackintosh of Tulliemet Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park, IL • 6:45pm|
|March 30 2017||Elizabethan Music for the Renaissance Society of America’s 2017 Convention with the Newberry Violin Band Palmer House, 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL • 7:30pm|
|April 2 2017||Fiddle Workshop for the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club Plymouth Congregational Church, 582 Pleasant St., Belmont, MA • 2pm|
|April 22 2017||Paper presentation for Musica Scotica: “Robert Mackintosh of Tulliemet: A Statistical and Sociocultural Analysis” (just Tim) The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, Scotland|
|April 29 2017||Frottole with the Newberry Violin Band Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL • 2pm|
|August 22 2016||Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward (The Fightin’ Seahorses) play a contra dance The Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago, IL • 7pm|
|August 25 2016||Tim Macdonald, Jeremy Ward, and The BBE at a Scottish Folk Night Big Bricks, 3832 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL • 5pm|
|August 27 2016||Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward (The Disgruntled Porcupines) at Rogers Pork Jarvis Ave east of Ashland, Rogers Park, Chicago, IL • 3:30pm|
|September 2 2016||The Midwest Sing & Stomp, with music from Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward at 10pm Red Line Tap, 7006 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL • 6pm|
|September 8 2016||Tim Macdonald, Jeremy Ward, and The BBE at a Scottish Folk Night The Scottish Home, 2800 Desplaines Ave, North Riverside, IL • 5pm|
|September 24 2016||The Gentle Shepherd with Tim Macdonald, Jeremy Ward, and The BBE The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL • 8pm|
|September 25 2016||The Gentle Shepherd with Tim Macdonald, Jeremy Ward, and The BBE Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL • 7pm|
|September 28 2016||Tim & Jeremy and Spitzer & Mareva at Uncommon Ground 1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL • 8pm|
|March 6 2017||Tim, Jeremy, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Heather Malyuk form a contra super group! The Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago, IL • 7pm|
|September 23 2015||Music of the British Isles with an Italian Twist with the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave., Chicago, IL • 6pm|
|October 12 2015||House concert with Jeremy Ward Wicker Park (contact Tim for address), Chicago, IL • 7pm|
|October 25 2015||Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship Blair Castle, Perthshire, Scotland|
|October 26 2015||Dunkeld and District Strathspey and Reel Society Dunkeld, Scotland • 7:30pm|
|October 29 2015||Concert with Jeremy Ward at The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music. Preceded by a workshop. Plockton, Scotland|
|December 7 2015||Caledonian Regency Ball called by Susan de Guardiola with Jeremy Ward and Jonathan Whitall Oak Park, IL • 7pm|
|December 16 2015||Colloquium on “Folk but Baroque: Re-examining the Performance Practice and Genre of 18th-century Scotland” with Jeremy Ward and David Schrader Towner Fellows’ Lounge at The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL • 4pm|
|January 15 2016||Private event with Jeremy Ward Chicago, IL • 7pm|
|January 16 2016||Scottish Country Dance Ball with Jeremy Ward Baker Community Center, St. Charles, IL • 7pm|
|January 17 2016||Scottish Tea Dance with Jeremy Ward Baker Community Center, St. Charles, IL • 1:30pm|
|February 5 2016||Old Lazarus’ Harp February Concert with Jeremy Ward The Galway Arms, 2442 N Clark St, Chicago, IL • 8pm|
|February 25 2016||Private lecture on musical styles Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL|
|February 27 2016||University of Glasgow Chicago Burns Supper with Jeremy Ward, Brandi Berry, and Mady Newfield Chicago, IL|
|March 6 2016||Scottish workshop for the Fiddle Club of the World (Chicago Chapter) with Jeremy Ward Seman Violins, 4447 Oakton St, Skokie, IL • 7:30pm|
|March 19 2016||House Concert: Co-Latha Breith Sona feat. Tim Macdonald and Jeremy Ward Lakeview, Chicago, IL (Contact Tim for details) • 7:30pm|
|June 6 2016||Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward with the Degenerate Train Puns play a contra dance The Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago, IL • 7pm|
|June 17 2016||Tim Macdonald and Jeremy Ward at the Chicago Highland Games Hamilton Lakes, Itasca, IL • 8:15pm|
|June 18 2016||Tim Macdonald and Jeremy Ward at the Chicago Highland Games Hamilton Lakes, Itasca, IL • 11:30am|
|June 18 2016||Tim Macdonald and Jeremy Ward at the Chicago Highland Games Hamilton Lakes, Itasca, IL • 3pm|
|July 15 2016||Two concerts at the Jane Austen Festival with Jeremy Ward Louisville, KY|
|May 17 2015||Free Scottish performance with Jeremy Ward The Duke of Perth, Chicago, IL • 2pm|
|June 20 2015||Scottish concert with Jeremy Ward at the Chicago Highland Games Hamilton Lakes, Itasca, IL • 11:30AM & 3:00pm|
|July 9 2015||Midwest Fiddle Championship Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL • 6:30pm|
|July 11 2015||Midwest Fiddle Championship Finals Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL • 1:45pm|
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