Welcome to the Surrey Old-Time Fiddlers

We play for our regular dances on the first Thursday of every month (with the exception of July and August), at Clayton Hall, in Surrey.

Dance Time - 7:30pm - 10:30 pm

Admission - $ 4.00

Location - Clayton Hall - 18513 - 70 Ave. Surrey, B.C.

(Half a block North of Fraser Hwy & 184th Street)

(see map on side bar)

For more info, contact - Evan Sanyshyn - 604 576-1066
We welcome new members.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Compaigni V'ni Dansi: Louis Riel Day Celebrations WORKSHOPS with John Arcand

Press Release from the V'ni Dansi Celebration:

"Join Compaigni V'ni Dansi on November 13 and 14 for our 5th Annual Louis Riel Day Celebration. 2010 is the "Year of the Metis" -- come and honour the 125th Anniversary of the Northwest Resistance!  We have a great line up of performers scheduled over two nights and we hope to see you there! (Click on the image for a larger size view.)"

Visit: http://www.vnidansi.ca/ for more info.

Fiddle with John Arcand November 13 
at the Cultch @ (1895 Venables St).

  • Beginners 11:00am-12:00pm 
  • Intermediate 1:00pm-2:00pm 
  • Advance 2:00pm-3:00pm 

Showcase of Aboriginal Dance and Storytelling -- 

November 13 at the Cultch at 7pm (1895 Venables St) 

Dinner and Dance -- 

November 14 at the WISE Hall  at 5:30pm (1882 Adanac St.).

This year's celebration takes place over two evenings.  It features Winston Wuttunee, John and Vicki Arcand, Greg Scofield, Madeleine McCallum, Joseph Naytowhow, Arlette Alcock and the Louis Riel Métis Dancers.

The Vancouver festival of Metis dance, music and culture is open to all . To buy advance tickets for the show, please visit the website www.vnidansi.ca or call 604-873-6373. Tickets can also be purchased at the door (cash only). Buy 4 tickets to either evening event and get a 5th for free!  Tickets are $15 for November 13 or 14, $25 for both events, and $60 for 4 with a 5th free. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Music Gigs around Town in Nov and Dec

Hi Everyone, 

here is a message forwarded by Glenn detailing many of the different gigs around Vancouver, Notice the mention of Calvin Volrath playing with Mark Sullivan and Keith Hill on Nov 13 in Vancouver @ Celtic Traditions and Friday Nov 12 in Abbotsford. 

Celtic Traditions, 3754 W 10th Ave near Alma, have some great Saturday evening concerts coming:
Sat Nov 13 it's master fiddler Calvin Volrath! With Mark Sullivan and Keith Hill.
Sat Nov 20 it's The Undesirables
Phone ahead for reservations, 604-222-2299
Celtic Traditions has started up its Thursday night drop-in music sessions. Come play or just sit back with a cuppa and listen. $5.
NEW: Joey Wright and his band will be on tour throughout SW BC, beginning with the Rogue date on Fri Nov 5. Joey will be featuring tunes from his last two albums. 
Jalopy (Juno nominated 2008) is a brilliant mix of Bluegrass,Traditional Jazz and raw imagination, while Hatch(2010 Black Hen Music) is driven by song. Joey's live sound is created with the help of Christine Bougie, Dan Whiteley and Jesse Zubot. Not only are Dan and Christine the drums and bass they are also the mandolin and lap-steel!Jesse Zubot will continue to blow minds around the world and he will be certainly fired up with this band. If its hot pickin and harmonies youre after, youll find it here. If you want creative songs that paint beautiful pictures, this is it. This is a night not to be missed!! Joey has appeared on many highly acclaimed Canadian recordings. Recently he has played on albums by Sarah Harmer (for which Joey received a gold record), Amy Millan, Oh Suzanna, Ruth Moody, Pierre Schryer, Jenny Whiteley, Dan Whiteley, and The Banjo Special to name a few.

Fri Nov. 5     Vancouver, BC      Rogue Folk Club- St. James  Hall    w/ Ruth Moody
Sat Nov. 6     Brackendale, BC    Art Gallery
Wed Nov. 10   Vancouver Island   Crofton Pub 
Thur Nov. 11   Victoria, BC           Fort St. Cafe                
Fri Nov. 12   Courtney, BC         Joe’s on 5th
Sat Nov. 13   Vancouver Island   Galliano Island Hall     w/ Pigby!
Note, the Brackendale gig will be without Jesse.

Fri Nov 12, the amazing fiddler Calvin Volrath kicks off his BC tour at the Straiton Community Club, 4698 Upper Sumas Mountain Road, Abbotsford. Advance tix at Sabir Sisters Studio fo Music and King's Music. A couple of equally phenom' fiddlers will accompany Calvin: Mark Sullivan and Keith Hill. What a trio!! No lover or even liker of fiddle music should miss this!!
They've been called, "without a doubt, the finest union choir in North America.” Vancouver’s Solidarity Notes Labour Choir have been making music and working for a better world for a decade now, inspired by conductor Earle Peach. They will be presenting their 10th Anniversary Concert on Friday, November 5th, at 7:30 PM, at the Unitarian Church, 949 WEST 49th Avenue (note correction) in Vancouver.
This special anniversary concert will benefit Guatemala’s Campensino Committee of the Highlands, known by its Spanish acronym as the CCDA. The CCDA is a social movement which organizes cooperatives who produce Café Justicia - an organic, fair trade ‘plus’ coffee that is widely available in Vancouver under the label Café Ético. 
 The Solidarity Notes 10th Anniversary Concert will feature performances of Mayan dance, the music of Marimba La Kanjobalita, and an appearance by the Big Sing (a group of five East End choirs who came together during the Olympics), in addition to a full repertoire of fabulous songs sung by the Choir itself. 
There will also be a silent auction, delicious Guatemalan food and refreshments, and baked goods for sale. Tickets are $20 and are available from People’s Co-op Books, 1391 Commercial Drive; however, no one will be turned away at the door for lack of funds. Seating is limited! As one inspired audience member said of the Solidarity Notes, “Music wins hearts and attention where words sometimes fail.” 

NEW: The Big Island's Oliver Swain has collected an awesome bunch of islander musicians to kick off the release of his new project In A Big Machine.
Emily Braden, Adrian Dolan, James Whittall, Josh Dixon and Quinn Bachand are Big Machine.
Thur Nov 11, Duncan Garage Showroom
Fri Nov 12, Oak Bay United Church, 1369 Mitchell St in Victoria
Sat Nov 13, Pender Legion
All concerts at 8:00; all doors before 8:00!

The 2010 Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop Fall Jam is coming up soon - November 12 to 14. If your idea of a wonderful time is to make music in a friendly, supportive environment with friends old and new, now is the time to register. Come and join us for a wonderful weekend of jamming, informal workshops, a fabulous Saturday night concert, and (of course) terrific food.  Just go to our website http://www.gsgw.ca/, download a Spring Jam registration form, and send it in.  That's all you have to do!  Forward this to any friends that might be interested as well. Hope to see you there.

NEW: Steve Campbell is very excited to be co-producing a "Live at the Genesis" concert coming up in November. You won't want to miss an evening with The Breakmen on November 27th. If you haven't seen this local, world class indie band, you will be delighted and amazed at their virtuosity and beautiful vocal harmonies. Explore the group and their new CD on the link below.
Genesis Theatre, 5005 45th Ave, Ladner, BC V4K 1K4
Theatre:  604 946-5005 
Mobile:   604 315-0261
Email: scampbell@deltasd.bc.ca
Web: genesistheatre.ca See the poster. 

And their concert at the Genesis is almost the start of The Breakmen's tour to promote their just-about-completed CD:
Fri Nov 26 in Cumberland (that's BC, not down in Tennessee!);
Thurs Dec 2 at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Victoria
Fri Dec 3 at St James Hall, W10th Ave in Vancouver
They actually start their tour at the Centre of the (Canadian) Universe, or somewhere very close to it in Ontario, on November 5, plus an excursion into la belle Province. Full tour details at [ http://www.thebreakmen.com/ 
And have a listen to cuts from the brand new CD. 

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts, Sat Dec 4.

Also: Every Sunday, Timbre Restaurant at 2068 Commercial Drive has Bluegrass and Old Time from 11.30 to 2.30. Take your sweetie for brunch. They do a terrific Eggs Benny at Timbre. Thanks Colin and Mark.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Flute and Fiddle Session in White Rock

Anne Guite and a Flute Player are starting a Session of Old Time and Irish Tunes on Marine Drive in White Rock. ( 7-9 pm on Thursdays.)  There's also a Sunday afternoon session from 2-5pm.)

Some of you may be interested in coming down. It's at  a great little restaurant called "Slainte By the Pier".

Check out the other music offerings HERE.

Anne would love to See Some Fiddlin' Faces........'Smile the While'...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Fiddling Around with the iPad"

By Gordon Powell 
For those of you who were intrigued by Nathanael's article on technology and ABC format for fiddle tunes, here's another article to continue the discussion. 

Having recently bought an iPad, I was interested in how this device might help me find new music and improve my fiddle playing. (The iPad, for those not familiar with it, is a flat, portable, touch-sensitive, magazine-sized screen, that can connect with the Internet.) I had previously visited some ABC sites to look for new tunes, but didn't like how I ended up having to sit at my computer to play if I didn't want to print the page off. (Printing is fine if I want to keep the song, but not if I just want to sample it!)

Doing a search in the iTunes store for music applications, I came across an "app" called "Tunebook for the iPad" that was exactly what I was looking for, and it only cost me $1.99.  (http://appshopper.com/music/tunebook-for-ipad)  This mini-program allows me to open ABC format tunes on my iPad and view them as sheet music. The application will even play the tune for me so I can hear what it sounds like. The best part, is that I can set up my iPad on my music stand and play to my heart's content.  

Fiddle tunes in ABC format

Some other interesting links to view:

Words to many Old Time tunes:

Old Time Fiddling on Youtube

Old Time MP3s

    Fiddling with Technology

    (repost of an article published in the BC Fiddlers Newsletter,  by Nathanael Powell.) 
    As a high school computer teacher in Surrey, I am always interested in how to use technology to enhance our lives - in this case, fiddling.

    Our branch is looking to promote ourselves better through technology with a web log,  or "blog." A blog is an online journal that is easily updated and accessible by anyone as long as they have an internet connection. There's not much on there yet, just our meeting and dance information, directions to the dance hall and a few links. However, a blog has potential to be a great way to keep members connected. It would be a good place to post local events, photos, tips for new members, set-lists or tunes that the group plans to learn. It can be set up so that multiple people can author it, taking the burden off of one member. We're going to give it a go and see how it works for our association. Our blog can be found at http://surreyoldtimefiddlers.blogspot.com/

    With computers and the internet, it is also much easier to learn new tunes. One website that I recently came across is called Prairie Fiddlers (http://calfolk.ca/prairie/). They have an excellent tune index which lists many popular tunes played among Old-Time Fiddlers and include sheet music and sometimes a sound clip. I try to learn most things by ear, but it is nice to see the dots for tricky sections of some tunes. I did notice that some songs were different arrangements but for the most part it is a fantastic resource! Prairie Fiddlers also has some fiddling tips and tutorials that might be of interest. 

    Another great website is John Chamber's ABC Tune Finder (http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/cgi/abc/tunefind). I ran a search for several of the tunes that we play and I got results in ABC format (text-based notation for music) and various image formats which display standard sheet music. If you are trying to find the dots for a particular tune, this could be your last stop. However, unlike Prairie Fiddlers, there is no index so you need to know what you're looking for. Also, there are no sound clips but you can hear the tunes in "midi" which is a computerized sound format.

      Monday, May 17, 2010

      The Abbotsford Fiddle Contest: May 22nd

      The Abbotsford Fiddle Contest is on!  The CFVF will be holding it on Saturday, May 22 at the ASA Hall in Abbotsford (same location as always in downtown Abbotsford).  The Sabir Sisters and Mark Sullivan have come to the rescue and are going to work with the Contest Director, Donna Randall, to make it happen..  It will be a 'prize' contest as opposed to a 'money' contest.  For further information, click on this site  LINK, and look for "Fiddle Contest".
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