Fid­dle show Fri­day to help church

The Barrie Examiner - - NEWS - SU­SAN DOOLAN

Scott Woods re­turns to Bar­rie with a new show to help raise money for West­min­ster Pres­by­te­rian Church.

The con­cert is part of an­nual ef­fort to help churches, char­i­ties and com­mu­nity ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions across the coun­try and it has raised more than $2 mil­lion over the years.

It is the one con­stant - the con­certs change from year to year, but Woods al­ways likes to bring back some favourites - such as trick fid­dling.

He’s be­come known for his abil­ity to do a front-run­ning sum­m­er­sault, or walk on a bar­rel, and play the fid­dle at the same time. He also likes to take peo­ple’s re­quests into con­sid­er­a­tion when plan­ning shows.

“I lis­ten to all the com­ments and take it to heart and I think about it when I put the next (tour) to­gether,” Woods said. “I want ev­ery­thing to be pos­i­tive.”

This year’s show will in­clude a mix of tra­di­tional coun­try, western swing, coun­try gospel and old­time fid­dle tunes, played by a band of five mu­si­cians. It also in­cludes step-danc­ing, some sto­ries and some fam­ily fun.

The con­cert theme, Twin Fid­dle Ex­press, is named for duets with his sis­ter Ken­dra Woods-Nor­ris, who joined the band last year when she re­tired from teach­ing at an ele­men­tary school in Water­loo.

She is a multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist who has won the Cana­dian Duet Fid­dle Cham­pi­onship ti­tle three times with her brother and they will be play­ing two fid­dles in har­mony for the show.

“She ab­so­lutely loves (be­ing a full-time mu­si­cian rather than an oc­ca­sional one). She is the driv­ing force for all of us and does all the ad­min stuff in the of­fice,” said Woods, adding she also enjoys a bit of silly com­edy on stage such as her Min­nie Pearl rou­tine. “We try and come up with some com­edy stuff. Ken­dra dresses up and for the en­ter­tain­ment value, I tell the jokes, but I do with a straight face and she makes faces. Peo­ple watch her.”

All five Woods sib­lings have played dif­fer­ent in­stru­ments grow­ing up with their clas­si­cally trained par­ents. Their fa­ther would teach them old-time mu­sic, catchy tunes, to keep them in­ter­ested and they played in a fam­ily band.

By the mid-1980s, his fa­ther started step­ping back and booked shows un­der Scott’s name. The mu­sic changed to more fid­dle tunes and coun­try mu­sic and less Big Band. The group was also smaller the pre­vi­ous orches­tra.

Scott, who is the youngest, started fid­dling at the age of four. Since then, he’s won the Cana­dian Open Fid­dle Con­test twice, is a two-time win­ner of the Cana­dian Grand Masters Fid­dle Cham­pi­onship as well as fid­dle en­ter­tainer of the year.

This year, he took over the task of book­ing all the shows and as a re­sult, would up with the long­est tour he’s ever been on. It started in Saskatchewan in mid-June and he is work­ing his way across Canada to wind up in Ger­many by the end of Sep­tem­ber.

While he main­tains he’s not a pro­lific song­writer, he has come up with some new tunes this year. Twin Fid­dlin’ Ex­press, which also has vo­cals, opens the show. He’s writ­ten one song in hon­our of Canada’s 150th birth­day, an­other swing tune for his mother, who oc­ca­sion­ally con­trib­utes chord pro­gres­sions, and Grayson’s Waltz was writ­ten for his youngest nephew.

When he’s not tour­ing, he brings his airstream trailer to a fid­dle con­test in Tav­i­s­tock where there a memo­rial tro­phy in hon­our of his fa­ther. Woods serves as a fid­dle judge and also has an op­por­tu­nity to catch up with some of his bud­dies.

The Twin Fid­dle Ex­press lands in Bar­rie on Fri­day at West­min­ster Pres­by­te­rian Church, 170 Steel St.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show start­ing at 7 p.m.

Tick­ets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids age six to 12, avail­able at the Church Of­fice, 705-728-0541 (open Wed­nes­day to Fri­day, 9 a.m. to noon) as well as by call­ing 705733-9115.

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Ken­dra Woods-Nor­ris and Scott Woods will bring their Twin Fid­dle Ex­press to West­min­ster Pre­by­te­rian Church in Bar­rie on Fri­day.

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