Sons of Scotland
Host Fundraising Concert
for Coast String Fiddlers
VANCOUVER - "The Sons of Scotland is firmly committed to upholding its motto: preserving family, history, and heritage," said Mary Aitken, Chief of Glengarry Camp #212, Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association.
"We will accomplish this goal by providing venues for groups such as the Coast String Fiddlers to present traditional Celtic music. It is also our privilege to provide them with support as they prepare for their upcoming tour in Scotland and Belgium."
Aitken said, " We ask all readers of The Celtic Connection to come join us and help the Coast String Fiddlers continue their efforts to promote and perpetuate our music by attending the concert on May 6, at the Bonsor Centre in Burnaby."
"We're looking forward to this concert," said Anne Law, Music Director for the Coast String Fiddlers. "We'll be presenting a complete program with 14 members from our Senior group, 18 from the Intermediate, and 15 from our Junior group."
Founded in 1993 by Michelle Bruce, the Coast String Fiddlers Association is committed to promoting the understanding and learning of traditional fiddle music. As a non-profit group they provide bursaries to their younger members to help them pursue a musical education.
They are known for their lively presentation with energetic fiddling sometimes supplemented by accordions, piano, guitar, mandolin, snare drums, congas, bass drums, and on occasion, a trumpet.
Four members of the senior group will be appearing at the Aberdeen Youth Festival in August as part of an orchestra comprised of young fiddlers from across Scotland. The whole group will then meet up in Belgium where they will perform with a Belgian Contemporary Ballet group.
"We met them when they were on a Canadian tour last year," said Law. "They invited us to come to Belgium and perform with them and we are enthusiastic about this opportunity."
"This a great opportunity for us to show or support for this talented group of performers," said Aitken. "We hope to see many of you at the concert."