Youth fiddlers in concert with top Canadian fiddlers Saturday

The Youth Fiddle Society is hosting a public concert Saturday at the Longhouse.

The Youth Fiddle Society is hosting a public concert Saturday at the Longhouse.

The concert wraps up a two-day workshop the young fiddlers have been taking this week with Ivonne Hernandez, reigning five-time Grand North American Fiddle Champion, and noted Canadian fiddle player/musical director, Calvin Cairns.

There are about 30 youth participating in the workshop who will be in concert with their teachers Hernandez and Cairns.

In addition to her own shows Hernandez performs with her award-winning band Fretless with Jeremy Walsh and Mark O’Connor.

An instructor at the annual Gavin Lake Fiddle Camp Hernandez and her band have toured in North America, Europe and down to South America.

With her award-winning band The Fretless, Ivonne continues touring, teaching, collaborating and recording around the world, including at the Gavin Lake Fiddle Camp.

Cairns is a well known Canadian fiddler, teacher and musical entertainer who is best known for his band the Romaniacs. He has performed in Russia, Europe, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, USA and across Canada.

He has been in demand by some of this country’s most popular Celtic and Canadiana folk artists, performing and recording with Stringband, Connie Kaldor, Humphrey and the Dumptrucks, Don Freed, Spirit of the West, The Bill Hilly Band and Stuart Mclean’s Vinyl Cafe Orchestra.

The concert takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Longhouse, starting at 7:30 pm.

This is a family event and admission is by donation at the door which goes toward expenses to bring great instructors to Williams Lake throughout the year, says club spokesperson Angela Manning.

She says snacks, water and hot chocolate will be for sale in the concession for this non-alcohol event.