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The Fire will perform Blazing Scottish Music Aug. 23 at Mountain Bible Church, 630 Maple St.

Fiddlers Crossing has presented a wide range of acoustically-based music styles since its opening in 2010. From traditional folk to contemporary Americana, bluegrass, acoustic blues, old-time American dance music, singer-songwriters to jazz and even world-punk, with the recent appearance of Kick Stomp Ensemble.

One of the mainstays of the venue has also been Celtic music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and many other areas in Europe and parts of Canada. The music, with its driving rhythms, irresistible melodies and obvious passion, mesmerizes audiences everywhere.

In keeping with Fiddlers Crossing’s policy of bringing to Tehachapi the best this musical genre has to offer, the venue will present The Fire, a Santa Cruz-based trio that performs what they call “Blazing Scottish Music.” The group will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Mountain Bible Church, located at 630 Maple St. in Tehachapi.

Those who have attended any of the “Winterdance” concerts presented locally every December since 2014 will immediately recognize David Brewer, the high-energy, virtuoso bagpiper, flute, whistle and bodhran player of the group Molly’s Revenge featured in that show. He has toured with Scottish super-group Old Blind Dogs and the aforementioned Molly’s Revenge across the U.S, The U.K., Canada, China and Australia. He’s been a special guest of the six-time Grammy award-winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, “Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil, and the Presidency."

Playing fiddle in The Fire is Rebecca Lomnicky. Originally from Corvallis, Ore., Lomnicky began playing classical violin and piano at age 5, discovering Scottish fiddle music a few years later. She’s won numerous Scottish fiddle competitions over the past 14 years and recorded her first CD, “The Call,” back in 2006, which Dirty Linen Magazine called “technically masterful and wonderfully melodic.” In 2014, she graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a double major in music and socio-cultural anthropology and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Providing the rhythmic backbone on guitar and bouzouki is Adam Hendey, a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has performed in Ireland, across the U.K. and U.S. He’s played and studies with members of Lunasa, Flook and Molly’s Revenge. Hendey graduated from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon with majors in music and philosophy and has recently attained a master's degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying traditional music and specializing in guitar performance.

The Fire has performed their “Blazing Scottish Music” on stages throughout the U.S, the U.K and Ireland. On Aug. 23, they will ignite in Tehachapi.

Tickets may be purchased at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, at Fiddlers Crossing during the Wednesday Open Mic nights, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or online at Fiddlerscrossing.com. For reservations, call 823-9994. Tickets to the concert are $25. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

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Peter Cutler is an audio engineer-producer, singer and guitarist. A native of Los Angeles, he has lived in Tehachapi since 2006.