Fiddle concert a fundraiser for TRU students

Canadian fiddlers perform at Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake Saturday evening.

Mark Sullivan, a six-time Canadian Fiddle Champion who released his seventh CD  in June, will join fiddle legend Calvin Vollrath in concert at Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake this Saturday evening.

Trent Freeman, will complete the trio of entertainment in this fundraising concert for TRU.

The concert starting at 7:30 p.m.  Nov. 11 is a fundraiser for the TRU’s Williams Lake students.

Tickets are $20 and available at the TRU main office 250-392-8020 and at Cariboo GM at 250-392-7185. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult get in free.

Among his many accolades Vollrath composed the fiddle music for the 2010 Winter Olympic in Vancouver and Whistler. He was commissioned to compose five fiddle tunes for the opening ceremonies.

A musical prodigy from a young age, Vollrath has composed more than 400 tunes, many of which have become standard contest and dance tunes across North America and Europe.

He has more than 50 albums to his credit, numerous music books of his original tunes and an instructional DVD.

Since participating in the 2000 World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Berlin Germany, he  has toured several European countries; served as musical director for Hank Smith’s band on his European tour from 1994-1996.

In July 2006, he was selected as one of 10 performers to represent Alberta at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.

He has recorded with Ian Tyson, Colleen Peterson and Laura Vinson to name a few and is recognized for his performing, teaching, judging and composing abilities.

He is a pleasure to watch and  his love for music is contagious and can bring audiences to their feet dancing.

Sullivan has been awarded the title of Canadian Grand Master on three occasions and is viewed by many as an ambassador of Canadian fiddling.

He has toured extensively throughout the world and has performed alongside some of the finest names in his field, including

The Chieftains, a PBS-TV feature with John McDermott, and Leahy.


The Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association will also be hosting a free community dinner at St. Andrew’s United Church from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to kick off the concert.