Fiddlers camp returns to Castlegar in July

The Kootenay Fiddlers will present the 18th annual Fiddle, Guitar and Piano Workshop July 8 to 12.

Fiddle immersion: some of Canada’s top champion fiddlers are instructors at a music camp to be held at Selkirk College this summer. Photo submitted

The Kootenay Fiddlers are excited to present the 18th annual Fiddle, Guitar and Piano Workshop. This week-long summer camp takes place July 8 to 12 at Selkirk College, Castlegar campus, and is open to all skill levels.

This very popular camp continues to provide some of Canada’s very best champion fiddlers as instructors, headed by master fiddler Gordon Stobbe from Nova Scotia. As well, renowned guitar and piano teachers share their expertise balanced by down-to-earth teaching styles, effortless patience and an easy going sense of humor.

This is an immersion in fiddle music to learn and improve techniques, styles, and expand your repertoire in a small camp environment. The guitar and piano classes focus on playing backup to the fiddles and help you become a more accomplished and confident musician. The camp also offers daily mini-workshops that may include harmony, orchestra and step dancing.

Evening events this year include an instructors-led jam session, July 8 at Millennium Park, 7 p.m.; instructors concert, July 9 at Gyro Park, Trail, 7 p.m.; community recital and family dance, July 11 at Castlegar Community Complex, 7 p.m.

For registration and on-campus housing information, please visit the Kootenay Fiddlers website at, or contact Selkirk College Continuing Education, 250-365-1208.

The Kootenay Fiddlers are a branch of the B.C. Old Time Fiddlers Association. Their goal is to have fun playing music and to encourage and promote the art of old time fiddle playing.

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