Folk musicians are welcome at music fest

Festival of the Performing Arts

Rosin up your bows and bring your tunes to this year’s music festival. If you’ve been playing in a band with some folk styles on other instruments, then consider bringing your band to the festival, too, and come and share your music with the community. 

Twin Fiddles – Gordon Stobbe and J.J. Guy, who are touring Western Canada in the spring of 2019 – will be the adjudicators for Folk Instrumental on Monday and Tuesday, April 15 and 16 at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre. 

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Gordon Stobbe is a master fiddler and recently received the Order of Canada for his commitment to the preservation of fiddle music as a performer, composer and teacher. He plays several instruments: fiddle, mandolin, guitar and claw-hammer banjo. He feels strongly about preserving Canadian fiddle heritage and was given the Lifetime Achievement award from the Canadian Grand Master Fiddling Association.

J.J. Guy is an award-winning Saskatchewan fiddler whose music is steeped in tradition. He performs and teaches across Canada and teaches youth in the Canadian north. He appears at festivals, concerts and fiddle camps from New Brunswick to British Columbia and always has a great sense of humour. 

If you have a favourite Canadian, Celtic, old-time, bluegrass or other folk style you would like to play, register online at www.coastfestival.com before Jan. 31. Instrumentation may include strings, woodwinds, brass or piano.

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