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The Groove is Not Trivial 
62 minutes
Director: Tommie Dell Smith
Year: 2016
Country: Canada, Scotland, Spain, USA

Thu 6:40 pm RUSH , Fri 09:50 am , Mon 9:40 pm

Oregon Premiere

From Scotland to Northern California, master fiddler Alasdair Fraser is on a journey of self-expression that takes him deep into his Scottish musical roots. There he finds a universal pulse—a groove—which acts as a through line from the past to a future sparked by hopeful possibilities. Fraser shares his art through performance and through directing wild, wonderful, multi-generational music camps, where participants learn to trust their inherent sense of the groove. The irrepressible Fraser proves that the groove in traditional music transcends toe-tapping fun and can be a source of personal and political liberation. 

Director’s Statement: Tommie Dell Smith 

When my 10-year-old daughter was embraced by the Scottish fiddling community and saw her world changed, I knew this magic should be shared with a broader audience. My goal for this film is to inspire people to live more fully by connecting and embracing joy as a part of our lives. As Alasdair says, “we feel a little better about ourselves and we become better neighbors.”
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