Fid­dler trio ready to raise the roof


In­fec­tious fid­dler Mar­ian Burns leads the line-up in Oper­atu­nity’s toe-tap­ping con­cert 3 Mad Fid­dlers and the Odd Singer!

A per­for­mance and record­ing artist who has been pre­sented with an Aus­tralian Golden Fid­dle Life­time Achieve­ment Award, Mar­ian can fid­dle fever­ishly fast – or gen­tly and ada­gio for those beau­ti­ful and more af­fect­ing tra­di­tional melodies.

Next Wed­nes­day, July 22, when Oper­atu­nity comes to town, Mar­ian will be joined by two ex­tremely tal­ented young fid­dle-play­ing pro­teges, Vanessa Har­vey and Michaela Roy in a con­cert full of va­ri­ety and verve.

Vanessa and Michaela met at kinder­garten in Gore. When Michaela turned up one day with a new vi­o­lin, Vanessa was de­ter­mined to have one too. They started lessons with the same vi­o­lin teacher when they were five, and later be­gan hav­ing lessons with Mar­ian.

The pair have been en­ter­ing mu­sic com­pe­ti­tions to­gether over the past four years and this year their duo, Tan­gled Strings, won the Se­nior In­stru­men­tal Sec­tion at the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards.

There’s singing too. The two ‘‘odd singers’’, Su­san Boland

and John Cameron, will be per­form­ing well-loved melodies in­clud­ing When the Red Red Robin, Pack Up Your Trou­bles and She’ll be Com­ing Round the Moun­tain.

John and Su­san are the hus­band and wife team who founded Oper­atu­nity as a ve­hi­cle to bring qual­ity live mu­sic to New Zealan­ders while em­ploy­ing out­stand­ing Kiwi singers and per­form­ers.

Both com­mand a range of mu­si­cal styles from clas­si­cal to Gil­bert and Sul­li­van, sen­ti­men­tal bal­lads to time­less clas­sics. Oper­atu­nity’s3Mad Fid­dlers and the Odd Singer! with Mar­ian Burns is at 11am next Wed­nes­day July 22, at Life Church on Feather­ston St in Roslyn, and in­cludes lunch with the per­form­ers af­ter the show. Book­ings are avail­able toll free on 0508 266 237 or online at­timecon­


From Oper­atu­nity’s tour­ing 3 Mad Fid­dlers and the Odd Singer! the in­fec­tious Mar­ian Burns leads a con­tin­gent of win­ter warm­ers to Palmer­ston North for a bit of a knees-up.

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