Fiddle Groups

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 robtaylor@eastlink.ca

Doug Morash at (902) 435-4168 rdouglas@ns.sympatico.ca

 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 Wolfville Lions Club on the 2nd & 4th Thursday 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.

Email: rwfarms@xcountry.tv

Website:   http://kingsfiddlers.webstarts.com/?r=20130506160330

Lunenburg County Fiddler’s Club

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

Email: ivan@ivanhicks.com

Website: http://www.sussexavenuefiddlers.com/

 The Wednesday Evening Fiddlers

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,

Email: garold@xplornet.ca

Website: http://wednesdayeveningfiddlers.ca/category/news/newsforfiddlers/

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  1. My name is Koree Rogers and I am writing to you from the town of Gibsons on the West Coast of British Columbia (one hour north of Vancouver via ferry). I am sending this email on behalf of Bad to the Bow – a youth fiddle ensemble made up of youth aged 9-17, including my two sons.

    For the past few years, Bad to the Bow has been fundraising for a trip that would allow for travel, fiddle instruction and performance opportunities. Last year we learned about a youth exchange program offered by Heritage Canada that offers exchanges to groups of youth between the ages of 12-17.

    We were very excited to learn about the program, particularly because it covers the cost of travel. Participating groups are responsible only for the costs of hosting and billeting their exchange partners, and for programming activities during their stay.

    We have been actively seeking a group of youth fiddlers from Eastern Canada with which to exchange with little success. I have been told this is because maritime fiddling is more of a solo tradition.

    I am writing to you today with hopes that you might, as an umbrella organization be able to put us in touch with someone who might be interested in forming a youth group for the purpose of completing an exchange, perhaps composed of the youth fiddlers from each of the groups mentioned above?

    Not sure how realisitic this is but though it was worthwhile to ask.

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