Massimo Calabrese and Ameilia Burrill enjoy performing.

VIDEO: Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddlers stoke the barn dance floor

Sacred Heart hall was bustling with joy and music Saturday with the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddlers at the helm

Children and adults of all ages filled the dance floor Saturday at Sacred Heart Hall when the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddlers and their director Ingrid Johnston hosted a Pink Lemonade Mother’s Day Barn Dance.

After a short concert kicked off the evening that featured not only fiddling, but singing, dancing, and the accompanying instruments such as guitar and keyboards, visiting fiddling instructor Gordon Stobbe invited everyone to get up and dance.

“Some of these young performers are playing at a dance for the very first time,” he said.

Within minutes, children with their grandparents or parents, siblings, friends and dancing couples began enjoying themselves.

The dancers were familiar with the tunes, and even if they weren’t that didn’t stop them.

Parents had baked cakes for cake walks, which inserted into the evening.

There was also a silent auction, a bake and snack table, a lemonade stand, door prizes and a major raffle.

While the young musicians enjoyed the opportunity to perform, the barn dance came on the heels of a week of workshops with Stobbe.

Each year he comes to Williams Lake from Nova Scotia a few times to introduce the music they will be working on for a future show and work with them on learning it.

Last year’s show, The Life of a Fiddle, was a huge success and it was two years in the making.

In that story, a fiddle that is created, bought, traded and stolen eventually ends up in the Chilcotin.

Next year’s show, scheduled for May 2019, will focus on Celtic music.

“As a group we are learning about the Celtic people, history and of course, music,” Johnston explained. “We are learning how that music spread all over the world like a dandelion blown into the wind, the seeds landing far and wide. These seeds and gems of Celtic music and culture then meshed and mixed with local music of many different peoples and nations.”

Through the development of the show, the fiddlers are learning about places such as Spain, France, Australia, Africa, New Orleans, the Appalachian Mountains, South America, and Canada where settlements of Irish, Scottish and even Celtic French people have carved a new home and way of life over the centuries, bringing their music and instruments with them and a blending of tunes occurred.

“We are lucky to continue to have Gord come and enrich our community,” Johnston said.

“This year he received an Order of Canada award for his contribution to fiddle, youth and communities across Canada.”

This year the older youth in the group will be taking part in an exchange through Heritage Canada with a group of young fiddlers from Halifax, Johnston said.

“We are hosting their group during the second week of July and then in the first week of October we are being hosted by those same families in their homes,” she said.

When the Halifax visitors are in the Cariboo it is hoped they will have the opportunity to see Barkerville, some local landscapes such as the Fraser River and Farwell Canyon, go fishing, kayaking and mountain biking.

Johnston said they also want to show the Halifax fiddlers life in the Cariboo — the cattle, horses and wide open spaces, First Nations culture, the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin and the Station House Gallery.

The exchange on the Williams Lake end will finish off with a barn dance on July 14 at the Onward Ranch where there will be tickets available, she said.

“If you’d like to hear these talented young Halifax fiddlers play — this would be a great chance!”

The crux of both exchanges will be the interchange of music, Johnston added.

“We will trade a group of tunes back and forth.”

 

Kate Neufeld, Olivia Rowse and Lucia Johnston focus intently as they perform with the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddlers.

Visiting fiddler instructor Gordon Stobbe invites the crowd to the dance floor.

Meikel Hagedorn dances with his mother Rochelle Lamont at the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddlers Pink Lemonade Barn Dance held Saturday, May 12 at Sacred Heart hall.

Ingrid Johnston smiles as she leads the youth fiddlers and enjoys watching them perform.

Just Posted

2017 fire babies pose for photo one year later

23 babies and their moms gathered for a photo shoot at the Williams Lake Fire Department

Mount Polley Mine ordered to pay lost wages to 26 laid off employees

The decision comes at a time when mine employees have been on strike for the past seven weeks

Column: protected areas – how much is enough?

Columnist Jim Hilton says attitudes need to change

2017 wildfires give B.C. mom chance to say thank you to officer who saved her son

An unlikely encounter in the rural community of Likely, near Williams Lake

Mennonite volunteers help wildfire victims rebuild homes

Volunteers sometimes come for a week at a time

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Games Day 2

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

BC Wildfire update on 14 major Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

UPDATED: Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters defy eviction order

Demonstrators at Camp Cloud in Burnaby say they won’t leave, but will meet with city officials

Most Read