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Gordon Stobbe, JJ Guy, Troy MacGillivray, Patti Kusturok and Donna Turk at The Bassment
January 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
This show features a powerhouse of the best traditional fiddlers that Canada has to offer, brought together for one evening only right here in Saskatoon! This show will be highly energetic, and the chemistry between these players will excite! It doesn’t get any better than this!
GORDON STOBBE – SEAFORTH, NOVA SCOTIA – FIDDLE
Never one to let the dust settle, Gordon keeps busy with a host of projects across Canada. His “Fiddle History of Canada” production is being workshopped and presented in several provinces, he continues to compose and tour, and will be releasing a new CD soon with some of the tunes he has composed with fellow musician and travel buddy JJ Guy.
JJ GUY – LINTLAW, SASKATCHEWAN – FIDDLE
It was no accident that J.J. Guy took home the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2013 Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship in Saskatoon in August 2013! J.J. is a beloved performer and instructor who has touched the hearts of thousands of fiddlers at fiddle camps across Canada. From B.C. to the NWT to the east coast, JJ is kept hopping, teaching and performing along the way. He has several recordings under his belt, and we are lucky to snag him for Shivering Strings this year as part of his busy touring schedule.
TROY MACGILLIVRAY – LANARK, NOVA SCOTIA – FIDDLE
Troy comes from Lanark in northeastern Nova Scotia on Canada’s East Coast. It is this small community where his family of musicians and Gaelic speakers has lived for generations after arriving from Scotland. Troy’s roots-centered approach to his music (fiddle and piano) has led to six recordings, which have received nominations and awards from the East Coast Music Association, Music Nova Scotia, and Canadian Folk Music Association. In 2012, Troy received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions and dedication to culture in Nova Scotia and Canada. Other notable achievements include the Young Alumnus Award from St. Francis Xavier University and the young tradition award from the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival. Extensive touring has allowed Troy to share his music through North America, Europe and as far as Australia. Troy continues to impress audiences around with his vast wealth of knowledge and experience both on and off the stage.
PATTI KUSTUROK – WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – FIDDLE
Often referred to as one the smoothest fiddle players in North America, Patti is known for her effortless delivery of some of the best traditional Canadian fiddle music of all time. At the age of four, Patti began to learn playing the fiddle, and has a resume that reads like that of an Olympic champion. A few to her credit includes the Canadian Junior Champion (1985), 3-time Champion at the famous Pembroke, ON competition, 6 time Manitoba Champion, 3 time Grand North American Champion, and in 1994, 1995 and again in 1996, Patti won the prestigious Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship in Ottawa, ON. Patti was the first woman in the history of Canada to ever win and was the very first person from Western Canada to attain the crown.
DONNA TURK – FORGET, SASKATCHEWAN – FIDDLE
Donna Turk is using her music talent and teaching ability to make fiddle music available for up and coming fiddlers of all ages and music backgrounds throughout Alberta, Manitoba and the NWT. She teaches private and group fiddle lessons and has taught the Bow Valley Fiddlers for 17 years. Her approach to teaching and promoting fiddle music is to be flexible in her teaching style. She takes time to discover the learning method that resonates with each individual student and introduces music that is both challenging and rewarding for emerging fiddlers.