ABOUT THE CALGARY FIDDLERS
The Calgary Fiddlers are a musically gifted group of young people who love to perform and who appeal to audiences of all ages around the world. This exciting ensemble performs a variety of music, ranging from traditional folk fiddling, to country, bluegrass, Celtic, and even big band. Each fiddler has a rigorous training schedule that includes private and group coaching sessions on a weekly basis, perform at over 100 functions in and around the Calgary area each year, and tour internationally.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Since the formation of The Calgary Fiddlers in 1981, this highly skilled group of amateur musicians, ranging from 14 to 18 years of age, has performed for live audiences, television and radio broadcasts, and concert tours. During the past few years, the group has toured extensively throughout Scotland & Ireland, Florida, Kansas, Iowa, Montana, Minnesota and Hawaii. They were chosen as ambassadors of Alberta for centennial celebrations in Ottawa, where they performed with the world renowned National Art Centre Orchestra in May 2005. They have been sent by the Alberta and Canadian Governments as ambassadors of Calgary to Korea, Los Angeles, Monte Carlo and Monaco, London, England and New York City. The Fiddlers have also had the privilege of performing for dignitaries such as H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco, former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the President of Yemen and most recently, His Holiness the fourteenth Dali Lama.
In March, we had an amazing workshop with Cape Breton fiddler and recording artist Natalie MacMaster. In early April of 2012, the group was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform for over 5 million TV viewers on the LIVE! with Kelly Show, taped in Banff, Alberta. The Calgary Fiddlers have been honored to perform for many special events, from sharing the stage with country superstars like Ian Tyson, to playing for dignitaries and royalty throughout the world. In the past few years the group has toured in Florida and has traveled to such exotic locales as Seoul, South Korea, London, England and Dublin, Ireland.
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