Marcus Holden is a musician with many strings to his bow. A soloist, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Marcus has appeared on albums, commercials, films, some of the world's great concert venues and performed with the greats of Australian music scene for many years.
Marcus is a founding member of award-winning iconic Australian fiddle band Fiddlers Feast (who have just announced their dates for Tamworth Country Music Festival 2014) and a director of the Golden Fiddle Awards which recognize Australia's bowed string musicians and teachers.
Rouseabout Records is excited to announce the release of Marcus Holden’s debut solo album Cicadas & Roses.
Cicadas & Roses features pieces which Holden studied as a young violinist and challenged him to bring new life into by the likes of George F Handel, J S Bach, Antonio Vivaldi & Gabriel Faure, as well as an original composition ‘To Say Goodbye’.
Immaculately performed by some of Australia’s finest musicians, Cicadas & Roses includes artistic contributions from Raimondo Fioravanti, Garry Steel, Andrew Toner and Elsen Price, not to mention Holden himself playing violin, guitars, mandolin, violas, keyboards, strings, percussion, harp, dobro, qin & cittern just to name a few ……. Sheesh!
The album cover art features a work of the same title by Marcus’s mum Patti.
Check out this month’s edition of Undercover Radio to hear the album in full.
Australia’s premier fiddle band Fiddlers Feast has been invited back to Skagen Music Festival in Denmark in July 0214. They will also be performing at the 'Memmingen Meile' in Southern Germany as well as house concerts and gigs in Aarhus and Copenhagen.
As Limelight magazine suggests “If you could have only one live band on your desert island, then choose Fiddler's Feast. They are rollicking fun, with plenty of fiddles, and a tight rhythm section playing with precision and power.”
Fiddlers feast recently hosted their annual concert series at the Tamworth Country Music Festival with performances at the Capitol Theatre, Diggers Auditorium, The Family Hotel and the terrific new Fanzone stage right in the centre of town.
With seemingly a lot more acoustic and bluegrass music being featured at the festival Marcus Holden got the chance to play with Mustered Courage, a young Bluegrass band from Melbourne, and also with Andrew Richardson Bluegrass Jamboree at the Centrepoint stage. Oh and by the way, he drank lots of coffee!