Music for Malcolm hits all the right notes
BY MARGARET CALDBICK
Staff If you love the fiddle, Ottawa-Valley step-dancing and old-time Glengarry and Cape Breton music, Maxville was the place to be June 15 when some of the finest proponents of the genres performed at the 6th annual Malcolm Dewar Music Bursary ceilidh.
The event honours a great Glengarry fiddler, Malcolm Dewar, who died in 2012 and who many in the audience of 100 people knew well.
Mr. Dewar was born in Dunvegan in 1935 and took up the fiddle at a young age. A veteran of many groups including the Glengarry Old Time Fiddlers and the Glengarry Strathspey and Reel Society, Malcolm Dewar was a longtime member of the Ottawa Fiddle Ensemble where he was Concert Master.
The list of performers June 15 is what you would expect at a top-drawer Celtic music festival and featured, to name just a few, Cleary Morris, fiddler and step dancer Bonita Leblanc, Ted Hazen, Ian Hamilton, and a wonderful performance by the next generation of Glengarry fiddlers, the students of the MacLeod School of Fiddle, Piano & Step Dance.
Another highlight of the afternoon was, predictably, step-dancing, specifically Ottawa Valley style step-dancing presented by Mr. Dewar’s daughter Dawn Dewar who teaches step-dancing at her school Ottawa Valley Step Dancing.
The Malcolm Dewar Music Bursary event was conceived the night of Malcolm Dewar’s wake, a grand ceilidh that packed the Metcalfe Centre to celebrate his life. As Dawn Dewar tells it, the idea was why not do this every year and reward deserving young fiddle players?
This year a bus transported guests from Ottawa, and next year Ms. Dewar intends to attract more corporate sponsors.
“The Malcolm Dewar Music Bursary” aims to preserve old-time and Scottish music, and in past years, Ian MacLeod’s and David McPhee’s students have been recipients. This year’s winners will be announced at the Glengarry Highland Games August 2, at the Youth Fiddler’s Showcase from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Maxville Arena Hall.
To learn more about the “The Malcolm Dewar Music Bursary,” contact Dawn Dewar at 613-8597869, or kath[email protected]hoo.com