Smart bets: Jamie Laval

After enrolling at the Victoria Conservatory of Music as a classical violin student, Jamie Laval’s career expanded to include work as a professional symphony musician, recording studio artist, improvising violinist and contra dance fiddler, according to his website bio. Rather than continuing to diversify, the artist has since pared down his activities, focusing almost exclusively on Irish and Scottish folk music. He now employs ornate apparel, intermittent stories and masterfully executed compositions to invoke the Celtic tradition for international audiences, impressing notables like the Queen of England and Dave Matthews — who featured Laval on Some Devil — along the way. Next, the 2002 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion performs at Waynesville’s The Strand at 38 Main Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. $20 general/$12 students. Photo courtesy of the artist

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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