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Foothills Fiddlers Concert Mar 4 - Posted: Thur, Feb 13, 2020, 04:59 pm
The Foothills Centennial Fiddlers are celebrating their 15th Anniversary this year and will be sharing their old-time fiddle music at the Didsbury Museum on Wednesday, March 4th.

Members of the Foothills Centennial Fiddlers, from left, Arnold Jones, Betty Belenky, Doug Thibadeau, and Reid Thompson practicing at the Royal Canadian Legion in Olds. Photo by Noel West, MVP StaffThe group was formed back in 2005 by Anne and Earle Bowes, and George and Veronica Muza. Since then, it's grown to about 15 members, including two guitar players and a couple of bass players. Some of the original members are still active today.

The Centennial Fiddlers play concerts in hospitals, lodges and at other events like Canada Day celebrations from as far north as Lacombe, south to Airdrie, as far west as Sundre and as far east as Delburne.

Members range in age from about 68 to 88.

Murray Cameron of Innisfail describes the music they play as “old-time fiddle music; the Don Messer-style waltzes and chartreuses and the jives and the two-step; that kind of thing.”

They also play some East Coast fiddle music as well as country standards made famous by groups like Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

“We even do a couple of Second World War songs because a lot of the people that are in these places that we play, they are as old as we are or older, so that's who we've been catering to,” Cameron says, although he adds that many young people seem to like the music too.

Grab a next-door neighbour or a newcomer to town and bring them to the Didsbury Museum for a terrific performance running from 1 - 4 pm.

The Didsbury Museum is located at 2110 - 21st Avenue.

[Photo by Noel West, Mountain View Publishing]

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