Fiddling

Scottish Fiddling is a full two days at the Games

 
 

Scottish Fiddling is a full two days at the Games starting with the “Youth Fiddlers’ Showcase” on Friday afternoon in the air-conditioned Arena Hall. The show starts at 2:00 pm and will feature youth fiddlers from Glengarry and surrounding area. Following this there will be a performance by this year's special guests The Cape Breton Fiddlers Association. The afternoon will conclude with a performance by the Glengarry Massed Fiddlers at 5:30 pm as they warm-up before taking to the main stage where they will perform at 6:30 pm as part of the Friday night Tattoo.

Scottish fiddling will continue on Saturday morning in the Arena Hall with a fiddle workshop & mini concert from 9:30am till 11:30am with Doug Leahy & Family. The afternoon  Fiddle Concert starts at 1:30pm and will open and close with The Glengarry Massed Fiddlers. Come and enjoy the traditional music of Glengarry and beyond with local and visiting individual and group fiddlers featuring this year’s special guest The Cape Breton Fiddlers Association, but get there early as it is a full house all afternoon.

 

Fiddle Events You Won’t Want to Miss

Time Location Event
Friday 2:00pm - 5:00pm Arena Hall "Youth Fiddlers' Showcase"
Friday 4:10pm - 4:30pm Metcalfe Centre Cape Breton Fiddlers Association
Friday 5:00pm -5:20pm Arena Hall Cape Breton Fiddlers Association
Friday 5:30pm - 6:00pm Arena Hall Glengarry Massed Fiddlers and Cape Breton Fiddlers Association
Friday 6:30pm On main stage Glengarry Massed Fiddlers and Cape Breton Fiddlers Association
Saturday 9:30am - 11:30am Arena Hall Fiddle Workshop & Mini Concert with Doug Leahy & Family
Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm Arena Hall Fiddle Concert with Glengarry Fiddlers & Cape Breton Fiddlers Association

Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association

For more than a generation, the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association has been dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional Cape Breton fiddle music. They are the grass roots of Cape Breton's fiddle tradition and the keepers of the repertoire. The Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was formed while preparing for the first Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling in 1973. As discussions swirled around about the suggested decline of traditional Cape Breton violin music, the concert attracted more than 130 Cape Breton fiddlers to Glendale for one of the most memorable and influential concerts in Cape Breton history. Twenty-five years later, 202 fiddlers filled the stage at the Gaelic College for their silver anniversary.  Cape Breton and Glengarry fiddlers love the opportunities to get together and when they do, whether here or in the Maritimes, they revel in playing together.  We welcome them and we are sure you will enjoy seeing and hearing them as they share their music.

Doug Leahy and family

Building on over three generations of Leahy musicianship, Doug Leahy,  his wife Jennifer and their children, are keeping those traditions alive through music, song, and dance

Still all in elementary school, the children are accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Led by Doug, live performances are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music that people associate with the Leahy heritage. Fiddle, cello, French accordion, singing, piano and French-Canadian step-dancing all find a voice on stage. And the children, so in love with what they are doing, enamour audiences who don’t want the show to end. Having shared stages across North America with “Leahy”, their performances leave audiences in awe. 

Doug, Jennifer & family will hold a workshop and mini concert on Saturday morning from 9:30am to 11:30am in the Arena Hall.  Fiddlers are encouraged to bring their music stands and take part the workshop.

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The Glengarry Massed Fiddlers

For many years, one of the popular features at the Glengarry Highland Games is the music of the Glengarry Massed Fiddlers. This group varies from about 50 to as many as 80 musicians who gladly come out to practices so they can play each year at the Games. Although not part of the Friday night official Tattoo, their appearance on stage as part of the pre-show is very popular with the crowd. The Fiddlers are also a big draw on Saturday as they close the Fiddlers’ Ceilidh in the Arena Hall usually to a standing ovation. The musicians who make up this group range in age from about 11 to 80+ and their skills range from beginners to veterans. They play because they love it and enjoy entertaining. When the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame put out a call to sponsor a Glengarry Fiddlers’ CD, seventy-four musicians showed up to participate and the CD was released in the summer of 2015. While most of the musicians are from Glengarry and area, some come from Ottawa and area. The new CD will be available at all the fiddle events in the Arena Hall Games weekend.

If you are interested in participating with The Glengarry Massed Fiddlers check out The Glengarry Celtic Music Hall Of Fame website for practices & tune sets.

The MacLeod Fiddlers

These local youth fiddlers are the performance group drawn from The MacLeod School Of Fiddling in Glengarry County. They perform at many functions including charities, FUND raisers, nursing homes and dances. They have also performed at The New Hampshire Highland Games, The Mid-Winter Scottish & Irish Festival in Philadelphia and The Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling in St.Ann’s Nova Scotia. In 2012 with family and friends, they did a very successful two week tour of Scotland where they were very well received.

The group has recorded two CDs which exemplify the unique style of fiddling that can be found in the county. The tunes are played with youthful energy and enthusiasm guaranteed to lift your spirits.

These entertaining young fiddlers will be performing all weekend starting with the social hour at the Tartan Ball on Thursday evening in the Metcalfe Center, then on Friday at the Youth Fiddlers Showcase and the Clan Tent. On Saturday they will also be performing at the Fiddlers Ceilidh in the afternoon.

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For more information on Scottish Fiddle events please contact Ian R. MacLeod at flddling@glengarryhighlandgames.com.