Beth Hyland will be performing during our Worship Service on Sunday, December 3, 2017. This is the first Sunday of Advent. Beth’s performance will make this an even more special occasion.
Beth Hyland Bio
Beth’s earliest days of fiddling happened in the living room of her grandparents’ house pretending to play along to her grandpa’s classical records with a little plastic violin and bow. Beth received her first real violin in 4th grade when she joined her elementary school’s orchestra.
Beth saw Riverdance on PBS for the first time in 1998 and fell in love with Irish music and dance. Beth spent a lot of time looking up sheet music for Irish tunes on the computer in Gramley Library at Salem College that summer while she was at Governor’s School West.
During her senior year of high school, she took Celtic fiddle lessons from Paula Ruth Tisdale as part of her senior project experience and attended her first jam sessions in New Bern, NC. Beth picked up bodhran as a way to keep playing during sessions even when she didn’t know the tunes.
Beth studied music at Salem College. While there, Beth played violin and viola in chamber groups and was concertmaster for the college’s orchestra. Beth also played violin in the Wake Forest University orchestra and viola da gamba in the Wake Forest University Collegium Musicum. As part of an independent study, Beth edited a manuscript of Leopold Hoffman’s Trio en G dur hand copied by Johann Friedrich Peter, an 18th century American Moravian composer, and performed the edition on her senior recital.
Beth’s love for Celtic music didn’t go away during her college days, but Beth wasn’t able to find any like-minded souls until after she graduated.
In the fall of 2003, Beth became a founding member of her first Celtic band, Clover’s Fall, with three freshmen from Salem College. Unfortunately, the band dissolved when the other members graduated and moved away from the Winston-Salem area.
As time went by, Beth had plenty of other playing opportunities – as a wandering minstrel at the NC Renaissance Faire in Raleigh, as a costumed musical interpreter at Old Salem, for weddings and private parties, in area orchestras, and in the pit for local musical theater productions – but Beth missed having a band.
In 2013, Beth became a founding member of the Irish band Góilín, which means “making music” in Irish Gaelic. They host a monthly Irish music session in Winston-Salem. In 2016, Beth was asked to join Belles on Strings as their new fiddler. Shortly after, Tracey Maxwell and Beth teamed up to form Bonnie Bows, a Celtic fiddle-cello duo. A few months later, they added Bill Lowry, guitar, to our duo to make a trio.
In July 2017, Beth competed in my first Scottish Fiddling competition at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, and won the Novice Class!