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The Calgary Fiddlers Association Archive Project

The Calgary Fiddlers Association along with the Alberta Government's Community Spirit Grant, are pleased to present the History of The Calgary Fiddlers.

A lot of researching, archiving, preserving, memories and story telling happened while completing this project with still more to uncover.

If you are a former Fiddler, please  contact us share your stories and memorabilia with the CFA. We would love to add to our wonderfully rich history from the past 30 years !

 

Listen to the history

The Calgary Fiddlers have a long and varied history in Calgary and Alberta and as Ambassadors around the world.

Associates of Dr. Burgess, the founder of the group, former teachers, John Crozman, current Artistic Directors, Nolana Baillargeon and Donna Turk and former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein all share their insights about the Calgary Fiddlers, and what this organization has meant to them.

Listen as this entertaining documentary takes us through the long and varied history of this fabulous organization.

Which one are you ?  Let us know !

Which one is Nolana Baillargeon, our current CF Artistic Director ?!

CFA Audio Documentary - Part 1

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The Calgary Fiddlers Audio Documentary - Part 1 is now available for download in PDF format.

 

Discography

The groups more recent recordings are available for purchase through the "store" tab.

Fretless Frenzy - 2009
Reel to Real, DVD - 2008
Wild Rosin' - 2005
No Strings Attached - 2004


The following recordings were wildly popular, sold out and are no longer available.

Four Corners - 2001
Live and Otherwise - 1998
Breaking Down the Barriers - 1995
It's Almost Christmas - 1993
Fiddle Club Three - 1991
Fiddle Club Two - 1991
Fiddle Club One - 1991
Making New Tracks - 1988
FiddleDaze - 1986

Calgary Fiddlers Timeline

1981 - Dr. Norman Burgess, while at Mount Royal College, establishes The Calgary Fiddlers Association.

1982 - The Calgary Fiddlers Association officially incorporates as a non-profit Association.

1982 - 1986 The Calgary Fiddlers, rapidly become renown for their energetic style and are requested by various levels of government to play for special occasions like the Canadian Constitution signing in Ottawa.

1984 - The Calgary Fiddlers participate with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in a live show broadcasted from the Jubilee Auditorium as part of Alberta's 75th Anniversary Celebrations.

1986 - The first recording "Fiddledaze" of the Fiddlers is released !

1986 - Dr. Burgess hands over the reigns to John Crozman, a CF Alumni, who works to grow the spirit and presence of the Fiddlers.

1987 - The CFs tour internationally to Scotland. Calgary, Alberta, takes its name from Calgary on the Isle of Mull, on the west coast of Scotland. Fiddling has deep roots in Scotland as it does here in Calgary. The tour connected Calgary with Scotland once again and the Fiddlers with the roots of the music.  The CFs has been welcomed back with open arms each time they go.

1986 - 1989 - The Calgary Fiddlers continue to tour nationally and gain tremendous recognition; Josephburg, AB; Edmonton, AB; Maple Creek, SK; Toronto, ON; Riverview, NB were just a few of the stops as the Fiddlers play over 50 shows a year !

1988 - The Calgary Winter Olympics establishes the Olympic Arts Festival and the Calgary Fiddlers welcome groups from all countries participating in the Olympics.

1988 - The Country Music Association of Alberta votes The Calgary Fiddlers, the "Best Young Talent" !

1988 - 1989 The Fiddlers receive new uniforms are proud to show them off.

1991 - Fiddle Club books and CDs were designed to help students with the basics of fiddling. The books are still in print and in use today.

March 1997 - Donna Turk, CF Alum-1982-1988, joins the CF Association to be Artistic Director of The Bow Valley Fiddlers, which started in 1991. The BVF group was in response to demand for a younger educational component to The Calgary Fiddlers and now has approximately 80 students per year.

May 1997 - Nolana Baillargeon, CF Alum-1986-1989, takes over as the Calgary Fiddlers Artistic Director. A year later, Nolana becomes the Executive Director of the organization.

June 1997 - Robyn Albright takes on the Accompanist role for both The Calgary Fiddlers and The Bow Valley Fiddlers.

July 2005 - The Calgary Fiddlers are asked by The Canadian Embassy to participate in the First Annual Children's Festival in Seoul, South Korea.

May 2006 - The Calgary Fiddlers Association celebrates 25 years of entertaining the world, with a large concert and cocktail event at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.  The Concert celebrated Alumni of the organization alongside the talented CFs and BVFs of the day.

May 2006 - To recognize the 15th Anniversary of The Bow Valley Fiddlers, the Association sponsored new uniforms featuring the official Calgary Tartan.

July 2008 - The Calgary Fiddlers tour Ireland, perform to enthusiastic crowds  and have the privilege of studying with Ms. Theresa Burke formerly of Lord of the Dance.

December 2009 - The Annual Fiddle Fantasia Christmas Concert at the Jack Singer was proud to host 500+ seniors whose tickets were sponsored as part of a Community Spirit Grant.

January 2010 - The Calgary Fiddlers tour Florida to loving and adoring fans as they have every other year for the past 10 years.

Thank you

Special thanks to Author, Mary Graham @ Word Refinery and Narrator and Sound Engineer, Bruce Hildeshiem.

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