Fid­dlers come from ev­ery­where

At­lantic Fid­dlers’ Jam­boree cel­e­brates its 30th an­niver­sary Aug. 5- 6

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The At­lantic Fid­dlers’ Jam­boree is re­turn­ing this sum­mer for its 30th year, at­tract­ing some of the best fid­dle play­ers in Canada and from away for per­for­mances and tra­di­tional mu­sic work­shops.

Held in the Evan­ge­line re­gion Aug. 5-6, the jam­boree is a cel­e­bra­tion of tra­di­tional mu­sic, or­ga­nized by volunteers who take pride in keep­ing the Is­land Aca­dian cul­ture alive and dy­namic.

This week­end-long event brings to­gether mu­si­cians from across the Is­land and from abroad, al­low­ing them to high­light their artis­tic tal­ents, per­form in high-cal­i­bre shows, iden­tify po­ten­tial new mar­kets and en­hance their artis­tic cre­ativ­ity.

Fans and fol­low­ers of tra­di­tional mu­sic can tune-in and live the ex­pe­ri­ence of musical jams, par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous work­shops and en­joy top per­for­mances on the main stage.

At the Mont-Carmel Par­ish Hall, Saturday starts with a brunch and strawberry so­cial fea­tur­ing mu­sic by Is­land fid­dler Keelin Wedge.

In the af­ter­noon, take in Meet the Mas­ters per­for­mances from mas­ters Lisa Orn­stein, Ber­trand Deraspe, Wedge and Hailee Le­Fort.

Later on, the fes­tiv­i­ties con­tinue with a bar­be­cue, jam and mu­sic con­cert from Cajun mu­si­cians Rod­die Romero, Yvette Landry and Beau Thomas fol­lowed by a square dance.

Sun­day’s pro­gram will be­gin with a musical brunch at the Vil­lage Musical Aca­dien in Abram-Vil­lage and work­shops with Orn­stein and Deraspe. In the af­ter­noon, back at the Mont-Carmel Par­ish Hall, the pre­sen­ta­tion of the pres­ti­gious Golden Fid­dle Award and Con­cert will fea­ture per­for­mances by Deraspe, Orn­stein, Louise Arse­nault and Helen Berg­eron, and mem­bers of the Chais­son fam­ily.

The jam­boree will fin­ish the week­end with the clos­ing con­cert in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Mont-Carmel sum­mer con­cert se­ries fea­tur­ing Vi­vian and Ivan Hicks, Orn­stein, Rick Sparkes, 112 Ac­cords and Les Frères Bouchard and more.

For the full sched­ule of events or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.at­lantic­fid­dler­s­jam­boree. com or call 902.368-3189

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