Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society musicians take to the stage

Lea Iwan of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performs to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Lea Iwan of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performs to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Lea Iwan of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performs to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune) Lea Iwan of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performs to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Ingrid Johnston, left, leads Kayden Trott, from back left, Katy Jasper, Izzy Grady, and Ben Neufeld, front right, and Ivory Johnston of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performs to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Ingrid Johnston, left, leads Kayden Trott, from back left, Katy Jasper, Izzy Grady, and Ben Neufeld, front right, and Ivory Johnston of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performs to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Julia Zirnhelt, from left, Lucia Johnston, Kate Neufeld, and Parker-Barbie Tesawich play their fiddles. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Julia Zirnhelt, from left, Lucia Johnston, Kate Neufeld, and Parker-Barbie Tesawich play their fiddles. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Aaron Kuehn and Trace Van Immezeel of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society tune their guitars and prepare before the show with Cod Gone Wild on April 16. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Aaron Kuehn and Trace Van Immezeel of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society tune their guitars and prepare before the show with Cod Gone Wild on April 16. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Zaira Kuehn of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performs to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Zaira Kuehn of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performs to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Ben Neufeld, from left, and Ivory Johnston, of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society were highlighted during a a sold out performance, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Ben Neufeld, from left, and Ivory Johnston, of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society were highlighted during a a sold out performance, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Julia Zirnhelt, from left, Lucia Johnston, Meikel Lamont, Parker-Barbie Testawich, and Kristen Fischer of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society, perform to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Julia Zirnhelt, from left, Lucia Johnston, Meikel Lamont, Parker-Barbie Testawich, and Kristen Fischer of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society, perform to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Dominique Billyboy waits for the next guitar part during while the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performance to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone Wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Dominique Billyboy waits for the next guitar part during while the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performance to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone Wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Scarlett Johnston with the the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performs to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone Wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Scarlett Johnston with the the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society performs to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone Wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Mauro Kuehn plays his accordion with the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society while they perform to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone Wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Mauro Kuehn plays his accordion with the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society while they perform to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone Wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Lucia Johnston with the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society plays her fiddle to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone Wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Lucia Johnston with the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society plays her fiddle to a sold out crowd, opening for Cod Gone Wild April 16 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

The Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society opened up for Cod Gone Wild at a Sunday matinee performance in Williams Lake April 16.

Young musicians were led by Ingrid Johnston through a set of mostly new pieces, in front of a sold out crowd.

With a large group of youth fiddlers up front, the group also had the support of multiple other instruments in the back, from guitars to piano to accordion.

Johnston said the group tried to go to Newfoundland last year but there were no rental vehicles available and they had to change their plans. The group is currently fundraising to head to Nova Scotia this year. Musicians from Halifax will be coming in exchange to visit Williams Lake during the 2023 Williams Lake Stampede.

Cod Gone Wild, the headline act from Vancouver, donated $5 from each ticket sold to support the local youth fiddlers.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society welcomes new musicians of all kinds to the group and Johnston said they will be starting fresh in September if anyone is interested in enrolling.

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