Fiddling

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 there will be a performance by this year's guest fiddler Kelli Trottier. 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 Concert.Tattoo.

Scottish fiddling will continue on Saturday morning in the Arena Hall with two fiddle workshops from 9:30am till 11:30am. The Fiddlers’ Ceilidh will take place in the afternoon featuring our guest fiddler Kelli Trottier. The PROGRAM starts at 2:00 pm and from then until the Glengarry Massed Fiddlers at closing, you will be able to tap your toes and clap your hands to the traditional music of Glengarry. Local and visiting fiddlers and pianists will entertain with strathspeys, jigs & reels etc. until 5:00 pm. Come and enjoy, but get there early as it is a full house all afternoon.

Fiddle Events You Won’t Want to Miss

Friday, July 29, 2016
Time Event Location
2:00 - 5:00pm Youth Fiddlers' Showcase Arena Hall
4:10 - 4:30pm Kelli Trottier Metcalfe Centre
5:00 - 5:20pm Kelli Trottier Arena Hall
5:30 - 6:00pm Glengarry Massed Fiddlers warm up Arena Hall
6:30pm Glengarry Massed Fiddlers Main stage (infield)
Saturday, July 30, 2016
9:30am Fiddle Workshop with Kelli Trottier Arena Hall
10:30am Fiddle Workshop with Kelli Trottier Arena Hall
2:00 - 4:30pm Fiddle Ceilidh with Kelli Trottier Arena Hall
4:30 - 5:00pm Glengarry Massed Fiddlers Arena Hall


For more information on Scottish Fiddle events contact; Ian R. MacLeod 613-525-4096 macleodfiddlers@gmail.com


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Kelli Trottier

The Glengarry Highland Games Scottish Fiddle Committee is very pleased to welcome Glengarry native formally from from Dunvegan, Kelli Trottier as this year’s fiddle guest.

Kelli Trottier toured North America and beyond with the sensational Bowfire entourage as one of their select virtuoso fiddlers. Kelli’s vocals and stepdancing were considered highlights of every performance. Bowfire is considered to be “one of the finest line-ups of fiddle and violin virtuosi ever assembled on one stage.

As well as being nominated three times for fiddle player of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Assocation, Kelli has been inducted in the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame and the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame

She has played fiddle for the NHL, our Canadian Military in Alert and the Middle East and performed for Sir Sean Connery’s in New York City and for his private 80th birthday Celebration in the Bahamas.

Last spring, Kelli was instrumental in having a National Fiddling Day Bill passed at the House of Commons and composed music to commemorate the occasion bringing all Canadian Fiddlers together in celebration.

Kelli blends traditional Celtic, Country, Folk, Bluegrass and Western Swing with her inspired fiddle and vocal arrangements. Promoting her 10 independent recordings; singing, dancing and playing her way to the top of her musical genre, Kelli Trottier is an unforgettable and enchanting artist, consistently delivering performances that raise her stature in the hearts and memories of audiences everywhere.

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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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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.