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Nova Scotian fiddler to perform at URI

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 15, 2005 -- Fiddler Jennifer Roland will perform at the University of Rhode Island on Friday, Sept. 30. The concert, part of Pangaea: The URI Roots Music Series, will be held at Edwards Auditorium on the Kingston Campus at 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public. There will be a voluntary collection at the door for the American Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Cape Breton, Nova Scotia native is the youngest of 10 children. Music has been a major influence in her life since she was born. Her father played the fiddle. By the age of 3, she was playing the piano and step dancing by the time she was 5. She began studying the fiddle at the age of nine.

Roland released her debut CD, Dedication, in 1997 in Europe and Taiwan. Her sophomore album, Wings, included many musicians from her hometown and was released in Europe.

She performs a wide range of tunes, both expressive and energetic. Her concerts often showcase her mastery of the fiddle combined with her step dancing and choreography.

In addition to performing, Roland composes. She opened her own school when she was 14 years old, where she continues to teach children and adults.

Pangaea is sponsored by the URI Department of Housing and Residential Life. The event held in conjunction with the URI Diversity Week Celebration. For more information contact Michael Lapointe 874-2215. For more information on Jennifer Roland, visit her website, http://www.jenniferroland.com.