P.E.I. Fid­dle Camp fea­tures fam­i­ly­im­mer­sion fun

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES/ENTERTAINMENT -

Fam­ily-im­mer­sion is the theme of P.E.I. Fid­dle Camp this week­end in Char­lot­te­town.

New classes, Songs for the Whole Fam­ily and Is­land Gaelic Mouth Mu­sic, will com­pli­ment the reg­u­lar sched­ule of fid­dling, small­pip­ing, flute, whis­tle, songs, dance and ac­com­pa­ni­ment work­shops on July 11-12. The week­end is sched­uled around group and pri­vate ses­sions for be­gin­ners to ad­vanced play­ers, and chil­dren, teens, fam­i­lies, adults and se­niors are welcome.

Cape Bre­ton's Chrissy Crow­ley joins Richard Wood and Ward Mac­Don­ald to lead the fid­dling pro­gram, which en­tails ev­ery­thing from raw be­gin­ners, youth fid­dlers, not-so-youth fid­dlers, ad­vanced and master classes. Zakk Cormier will lead ac­com­pa­ni­ment work­shops fo­cus­ing on guitar but open to pi­ano, bass, and man­dolin as well. Maine's Will Wood­son will of­fer small­pip­ing, wooden flute and tin whis­tle over the week­end and he will also host two Spe­cial Top­ics ses­sions for whis­tle and flute on Mon­day, July 13 and tra­di­tional pip­ing on Tues­day, July 14.

Tiber Falzett will host Na Puirt Bh­lasda (Tasty Tunes), a ses­sion in Is­land Gaelic Mouth Mu­sic for fid­dlers, pipers and any­one in­ter­ested in pick­ing up some puirt-à-beul (Gaelic mouth­mu­sic) from archive record­ings made in Prince Ed­ward Is­land and Cape Bre­ton. Learn to sing the Gaelic words to some lo­cal favourites at Is­land cèilidhs and to keep the tunes go­ing when you don't have a fid­dler or piper around.

"No pre­vi­ous knowl­edge of Gaelic is re­quired, just your ears, voices and a sense of ad­ven­ture.," says a re­lease.

The fam­ily-im­mer­sion be­gins Satur­day morn­ing with a Songs for the Whole Fam­ily ses­sion lead by Mary MacGil­livray and Cian Ó Móráin, and a youth fid­dling pro­gram (ages five to eight) runs on Satur­day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and con­cludes with a fam­ily square dance.

The camp is pre­sented in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Hol­land Col­lege School of Per­form­ing Arts. It will take place at the col­lege's down­town cam­pus in the Mu­sic Per­for­mance build­ing at 275 Kent St. in Char­lot­te­town.

Visit www.peifid­dle­camp.com or call 902 201-1758 for in­for­ma­tion.


Cape Bre­ton fid­dler Chrissy Crow­ley will be one of the in­struc­tors at this week­end P.E.I. Fid­dle Camp in Char­lot­te­town.

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