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Fiddlefern celebrates the Country Dance and Song Society’s Centenary,April 28-May 3rd

Dance has always been a part of what Summerfolk and the GBFS do. We’re getting behind the Fiddlefern Country dancers as they help celebrate the centenary of the Country Dance and Song Society.

Owen Sound is one of only two Canadian stops on the CDSS Centennial Tour!

Join Fiddlefern for a celebration of the CDSS Centennial Celebration April 28 – May 3, 2015
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Fiddlefern Country Dancers is one of seven groups across North America awarded a community residency as part of the CDSS Centennial Tour. CDSS is a national leader in promoting participatory dance, music and song with roots in English and North American culture. We are excited to have the CDSS Centennial Tour come to our community to ensure dance, music and song will be strengthened.

Come and take part in workshops for callers, musicians and dancers, as well as evening dances. CDSS Touring musicians include Sam Bartlett (Notorious, former member of Wild Asparagus and The Clayfoot Strutters), Ben Smith (The Mean Lids), and Eric Schedler (The Cosmic Otters, Cocks o’ the North), and caller, Louie Cromartie.

Sam, Eric and Ben are exceptional musicians and performers, patient and skilled teachers, and tradition-bearers, with an ability and willingness to respond to new ideas with creativity, enthusiasm and respect. Louie brings decades of experience to the caller’s role, with a dance repertoire to meet any crowd, and the teaching skill to bring everyone on the dance floor together in a supportive and successful experience. All these individuals are skilled teachers and performers, and possess a natural ability to nurture and support. As they collaborate with local musicians, magic will happen!

Owen Sound is on beautiful Georgian Bay nestled into the Niagara Escarpment with hiking trails, cycling, art galleries, many artisan studios, and warm, welcoming people.  See our Links Page for links to local attractions and places to stay.

Plan your visit now! For more information, call Frank or Sally at 519-372-9151.

 

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Fiddle Fern Trad Sessions

WEEKLY TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSIONS

B - PERF SF-2006New Fiddlefern Country Dancers’ initiatives in 2015 include weekly, open music sessions Tuesday nights, and monthly music, dance and dance calling workshops, in partnership with the Georgian Bay Folk Society.

The new weekly, open, participatory traditional tune sessions start Tuesday, January 13 at 7 p.m. at The Harmony Centre, 890 4th Avenue East, Owen Sound.

They’re for people who enjoy playing dance music, and for those who want to learn the jigs, reels, waltzes, polkas and more, and eventually play the music for dancers. Fiddlefern organizers anticipate a teaching/learning component each week, followed by a social trad tune session to share music.

This should be of interest especially to people who play melody instruments such as fiddle/violin, flute, whistles, pipes, accordion, concertina, banjo, mandolin etc. as well as people pursuing guitar and other instruments more suitable for rhythmic accompaniment.

Interested musicians are encouraged to attend. Contact session organizers Frank Francalanza (519-372-9151dancefranc@hotmail.com) or Will Henry (519-371-9413 willihenry@gmail.com) for more information.

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