Thistle House is a Scottish dance band wired for high voltage. Together since 2001, Thistle House features David Knight on fiddle, Dave Wiesler on piano, and Dan Emery on pipes and wooden flute. All three musicians are avid and accomplished Scottish Country Dancers as well as nationally recognized musicians with over eight decades of collective experience with the genre. Their expertise and energy are guaranteed to pump adrenaline into the most tired feet, especially when the pipes start up!
Originally from California, Laura grew up in the thriving San Francisco Scottish fiddle scene, learning her craft from master fiddler Alasdair Frasier. After moving to Boston in 1996, Laura joined American roots band Cordelia's Dad. By 2001, Laura had moved to Montreal to continue her successful concert and recording career. Her imaginatively expressive interpretations of Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, and Quebecois fiddle music have garnered international acclaim. Says Grammy-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, "Laura Risk's fiddle is a revelation and achingly beautiful."