Thistle House is a Scottish dance band wired for high voltage. Together since 2001, Thistle House features David Knight on fiddle, Dave Wiesler on piano, and Dan Emery on pipes and wooden flute. All three musicians are avid and accomplished Scottish Country Dancers as well as nationally recognized musicians with over eight decades of collective experience with the genre. Their expertise and energy are guaranteed to pump adrenaline into the most tired feet, especially when the pipes start up!
Originally from California, Laura grew up in the thriving San Francisco Scottish fiddle scene, learning her craft from master fiddler Alasdair Frasier. After moving to Boston in 1996, Laura joined American roots band Cordelia's Dad. By 2001, Laura had moved to Montreal to continue her successful concert and recording career. Her imaginatively expressive interpretations of Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, and Quebecois fiddle music have garnered international acclaim. Says Grammy-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, "Laura Risk's fiddle is a revelation and achingly beautiful."
Becky Ross, fiddle, was classically trained on violin during her schooldays but was drawn to begin playing again in 1991 after discovering Celtic fiddle music. She plays regularly for Scottish and English Country Dances. Becky is known for her rich tone and sensitive emotional connection to the music, whether that is a sorrowful Scottish lament, a majestic march or a driving reel. Becky performs with several groups including Peat & Barley, The Homespun Ceilidh Band, the English and Scottish dance band Elegant Echoes, and the 18th-Century music trio Tasker's Chance. She is a founding Board Member and current President of the Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club, a non-profit group promoting Scottish fiddle music. To learn more about Becky, visit her website at http://www.peatandbarley.com.
Melissa Running, piano, discovered she could take folk dance for PE credit in college, and never looked back. She started playing piano for dances in the Philadelphia area, and has continued since moving to Maryland. She has played for camps, balls, classes, parties, and demo teams, with a host of great musicians in various configurations, and with her Scottish band, Glenfiddle. She loves flat sevens and open fifths. She is also a nationally known English country dance leader and musician, and plays the nyckelharpa, a Swedish folk instrument. With her husband, she goes to 18th century living history events and plays with linen and wool. In her other, other life, she is a technical writer and editor. She needs more time.