National Fiddling Day Concert with Patti Kusturok, Jeremy Rusu, The Chaisson Trio, fiddlerlouise & co. + Gary Chipman
National Fiddling Day is a great reason to celebrate an instrument that has roots in so many cultures and traditions.
Join us for an evening of fiddling, step dancing & song in many flavours and styles!
The evening will feature music by:
Patti Kusturok, from Manitoba, is a performer, an educator and an ambassador of traditional Canadian old time fiddling. Her career spans four decades and in that time she has garnered countless achievements. Some highlights include:
• Became the first woman and the first Western Canadian to win the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship, a feat she managed for three consecutive years.
• Performed on the Theoren Fleury recording “Walk With Thousands” and live on stage with him at the 2014 Indspire Awards.
• Performed a “Tribute to Andy DeJarlis” feature at thenationally televised 2015 Aboriginal Day Live celebration.
• Created “Patti Kusturok’s 365 Days of FiddleTunes”, a series uploaded to YouTube on each dayin 2015.
Blind since shortly after birth, Jeremy’s entire life has revolved around music. When not sharing the stage with fiddlers, you can find Jeremy laying down the beats on the drums with possibly his reggae band, or with the legendary Ron Paley Big Band, or with Winnipeg rockers The Deeds.
Whether it’s on piano, drums with a big band, countrylead guitar, bluegrass mandolin, or accordion, Jeremy Rusu is right at home on a stage as long as he’s making music.
Jeremy has most recently been in demand as a session musician withsome of Canada’s best fiddlers. Calvin Vollrath, Alex Carriere, Patti & Alex Kusturok, and Jason Lepine have all had recordings produced and engineered by Jeremy, as well as having him play all back up instruments. In addition, Jeremy has released his solo recording, “The Accordion Album,” on which he plays all instruments but one.
Truly a musical genius, Jeremy’s significant talent is a joy to witness.
The Chaisson Trio
Showcasing the best of their roots, this trio includes Kevin Chaisson, Louise Chaisson MacKinnon, and Rannie MacLellan, who is from Margaree, Cape Breton, and now calls P.E.I. home. They will be bringing a blend of Scottish fiddle, vocals, guitar and piano to the stage with Celtic music and song.The Chaisson family is widely accredited with spearheading the movement to keep traditional fiddling alive in Prince Edward Island and are the creators of the famous Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival! A staple in traditional fiddling on Prince Edward Island. You want to miss this lively trio perform!
fiddlerlouise & co.
fiddlerlouise & co. is comprised of :
Louise Arsenault has had a long impressive career in music, playing the fiddle in traditional folk settings all over the world. Her part in the group Barachois is a highlight of her musical career. Louise's musical talents have taken her to all corners of the world and she's worked on a long list of impressive projects. Louise's vibrant and energetic fiddle playing, dancing and feet stomping are her trademark style and if you watch carefully while she is playing the fiddle, you may see the smoke rising from her bow!
Helen (Arsenault) Bergeron
Helen Arsenault Bergeron is an acclaimed step dancer and is perhaps best known as a member of the former group Barachois! Helene has travelled and performed in 14 countries! She is the daughter of renowned fiddler, Eddy Arsenault and grew up step dancing and accompanying her father on guitar and later piano and pump organ. Helene also plays the fiddle and sings. She is also one of the founders of the bands Les girls and Gadelle.
Jonathan Arsenault is a jester of modern times - always clowning around, you wonder if he takes his music seriously.....until you hear him play! He started off playing Violin like his mom (Louise) but ended up settling on the acoustic guitar along with....whatever instrument is at his disposal! He had accompanied his mom on many occasions, bringing down the house before a crowd of thousands of spectators. He is your favourite house party jammer who will make you laugh and then make you cry with envy. Jonny, with his vocal repertoire from his own song writing Johnny cash, John Prine Paul Simon and many others he will most definitely impress you with his vocal abilities!
Gary Chipman started playing the fiddle at 8 years old on the Don Messer Live Shows and has since toured with Anna McGoldrick and Stompin' Tom Connors. Chipman is known for his trademark Don Messer/Down east style of fiddling, his rock solid guitar rhythms and is also a great vocalist.