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 at www.daytimeconcerts.co.nz
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.