Fiddling is embedded in our Maritime culture and today this popular music is played by Fiddle Groups throughout the region.
Here is a list of some of these groups.
The Down Home Fiddlers
The Down Home Fiddlers started in 1999 and meet weekly on Wednesday 7:00 – 10:00pm at the North Woodside Community Centre, 230 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth, NS. The Group has 30 plus members including accompanists. They mostly play Down East Music but include a variety of other styles. They host workshops periodically and encourage keyboard players to bring their keyboards and play along.
The group regularly volunteers to play at senior’s centers, nursing homes and benefits. Since 2001 they have Sponsored an Award at the Maritime Fiddle Festival and assisted with other sponsorships. Visitors are always welcome to participate or just listen.
Contact: Bob Taylor at (902) 435-4892 firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Morash at (902) 435-4168 email@example.com
The Kings Fiddlers
The club was formed in 1987 and has over 40 members including the rhythm section. We play Down East tunes as well as western swing and hymns. A number of the members have recordings and have composed many tunes. The club actively supports newer fiddlers with a teaching session at each regular meeting. We have performed at the Maritime Old Time Fiddling Championship, on Breakfast Television and we frequently make other public appearances. Club meetings are held at the Lions Hall, River St., Kentville NS on the 1st and 3rd Thursday from 7 to 10 PM each month except July and August and guests are most welcome. For more details including club location, contacts, bookings and information for ordering the club’s CD entitled Some Old, Some New.
The Lunenburg County Fiddlers meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, September through May at the St Joseph’s Parish Hall, 110 Queen St., Bridgewater, NS. A typical evening includes a business meeting, a one hour instructional period, and a one hour jam session.
Their club objectives are: the promotion of Down East style of fiddling, fiddling for fun, teaching the art of fiddling. They are an incorporated, non-profit organization supporting Christmas Daddies and five local food banks. Locally, they provide music at seniors homes, variety shows, fairs etc.
Highlight performances include; Special Olympics, Halifax Metro Centre, official opening of the Sheraton Hotel Casino, Halifax NS, Canoe 1997 World Championship, Lake Banook, Dartmouth, NS, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Maritime Fiddling Contest, Fiddles of the World and Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax NS
Contact: (902) 543-5356
The Sussex Avenue Fiddlers
The Sussex Avenue Fiddlers formed in 1978 under the direction of Ivan Hicks, is a group of more than 50 old time fiddlers and accompanists based in Riverview NB Canada. This group, from ages 10 to 90, plays a variety of instrumental music – Down East fiddling, Scottish, Gospel, etc. and also features vocals. They have been very popular on the concert circuit having performed all over eastern Canada, Nashville, Branson, Louisiana etc. They volunteer to play for benefits, seniors, church services and nursing homes. They meet Wednesday Evenings at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Hall, Woolridge Ave., Riverview at 7:30 PM. Visitors welcome.
Contact: Ivan Hicks (506) 386-2996
The Wednesday Evening Fiddlers was founded in February of 1988, the group includes fiddlers and accompanists from the Victoria/Carleton County region of New Brunswick and neighboring Aroostook County Maine. The group plays for many local fund raisers, nursing homes, variety shows and jamborees. On any given occasion the group will have Fiddlers from age 10 to 95 on stage playing Downeast style fiddle selections.
The group meets each Wednesday, 7:00 PM at the St James United Church Hall, West Riverside Dr, Perth-Andover. Musicians and guests are always welcome, there is a voluntary donation at the door.
The group hosts a Fiddle-Doo in late Sept., a Christmas Party in Dec.
For information contact Garold Hanscom, 89 Back California Settlement Rd, California Settlement NB E3Z 1V1 Tel (506) 473-1053,