Harry Jennings (from left) represents the Scottish side of the show while Lindsey Sandrock, a native Irish woman, represents the Irish while Pierre Mayette from Quebec represents Acadians and the French. Together three serve as narrators at a dinner party telling the stories behind the music the children play. Patrick Davies Photo.

Youth Fiddlers take audiences on a musical Celtic journey

Follow the stories of the Celtic people in the Gibraltar Room Sunday at 3 p.m.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society delighted audiences Saturday night in the Gibraltar Room with their show Celtic Routes.

The result of two years of hard work, Celtic Routes combines fiddle music, song, dance and acting with a story about the origins of Celtic music and how it changed and evolved as the Celtic people spread out across the world. Melodies from Scotland, Ireland, France, the Maritimes and more all combine in new yet familiar ways for the show.

“We weren’t just focusing on Celtic music in Scotland or Ireland we wanted to travel with people who have immigrated to their new countries, their new homes and (explore how) the music that came with them collided with their new (homes),” Ingrid Johnston, one of the show’s organizers, said. “Then how the music changed, grew and merged with local music.”

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A matinee performance is occurring for those who missed Saturday night’s performance on Sunday, May 5 in the Gibraltar Room at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth and are currently available at The Open Book or at the door. All proceeds go towards supporting the society’s ongoing work.


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Children recreate a handfast wedding and literally tie the knot during Celtic Routes. Patrick Davies Photo.

Members of the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society perform a traditional Irish dance for Celtic Routes Saturday. Patrick Davies Photo.

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