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National Fiddling Day Is Coming Up

Fiddlers in Regina and area –– rosin up your bow and join the celebration of National Fiddling Day with a great evening of fiddle music.

This year’s event takes place Saturday, May 21st at the Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre at 2900 13th Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The evening of fiddle music will begin with an “open mic” session allowing established or pick-up groups of fiddlers to showcase their music. For the rest of the evening there will be a wide-open fiddle jam for players of all ages and skill levels to enjoy group fiddling and maybe even learn some new tunes.

Admission is free of charge and the public is invited.

“Fiddle music is growing in popularity,” said Malcolm McLeod, a fiddler for more than 40 years and the organiser of the event. “This is a great chance for local fiddlers to share tunes and their love for the many genres of fiddle music.”

Two years ago, the Parliament of Canada passed a bill to proclaim the third Saturday in May as National Fiddling Day. Fiddling has a rich history in Canada and has roots throughout our entire nation. Scottish, French, Irish, Slavic, Nordic, and Métis music have all influenced Canadian fiddling. Fiddle music connects all regions of Canada and is a delight to all those who play and listen.

The event is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange. The organization’s support for fiddling goes back to 1985, when they started the Emma Lake Fiddle Camp. For 10 years it was the only fiddle camp east of Ontario and it sparked a movement for the preservation of the fiddle music and playing in Saskatchewan and across western Canada.

For more information please contact the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange at (306) 780-9494 or Malcolm McLeod at (306) 527-6547 or visit the event on our website.