An Amazing Chance to Learn
Different Styles of Traditional Music
By KATHY WOOD
|MAIRI CAMPBELL, one of the most influential folk singers of bard status in Scotland today.
The Sunshine Coast School of Celtic Music fiddled into existence because of a demand for fiddle instruction in a variety of traditional Celtic styles, and a love for music shared by the founders.
That was nine years ago when Ann Law, the music director of the Coast String Fiddlers at the time, saw an opportunity to bring the instruction to the youth as well as the community.
She said, "we've brought all types of traditional music to our small corner of the world and made many connections with others interested in the same things."
Another great camp is planned for July 6-10, in Roberts Creek, B.C. with a stellar line up of instructors from Canada, the United States and Scotland.
"We have teachers who help the novice player," said Law, "all the way to the more advanced players."
The week is packed full of exciting workshops, jams and events she said, and there are opportunities for accompanying instruments with classes in piano, guitar, cello, as well as a touch of dancing.
"This year we're excited to offer for the first time, a full-time folk choir class led by Mairi Campbell, one of the most influential folk singers of bard status in Scotland today. And flutes and whistles led by piper Donal Brown of Breabach - twice nominated at the Scots Traditional Awards as Best Folk Band.
"In addition to the traditional fiddle and accompaniment classes, the popular Trad Band Class is back. Directed towards youth ages 15-25, the instructors Iain Fraser and Harris Playfair will blend traditional music with jazz, fusion, and rock in a big band setting.
"Finally, the week is culminated by the Gala Concert on July 10 showcasing the amazing talent of our instructors gathered together for a one of a kind show which is shared with the general public," said Law.
In summary, she said, "This is an amazing chance to learn different styles of traditional music. Take it home and use it all year round - it's good value for the investment. It doesn't matter if you're 10 or 70 years old, it's always fun to share what you've learned...until it's time for camp next year."
For further information on registration or Gala Concert tickets, visit the website www.coaststringfiddlers.com or call Ann Law (604) 886-4768.