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25th Annual Fiddlers Jamboree

Apr 13, 2012

GP Museum Fiddlers Jamboree This Sunday marks the Silver Anniversary of the annual Fiddlers Jamboree at the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre.

This event has come long way from its original roots in the GP Museum kitchen in 1987, back when it was just a good old fashioned ‘kitchen party’ that took on a life of its own. Twenty-five years later the music is still alive in the hearts of not only the musicians but the audience that comes from far and wide to hear the stories told by the strings and jig dancers.

The jamboree has moved several times due to its growing popularity and now calls the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre home. Surprisingly, the stage band is made up of quite a few of the original members referred to now as the ‘vintage’ stage band. Like anything the vintage players only get better with age.

The founding members are Jerome Tochor, Rudy Voss, Nestor Shwil and the late Mike Doll; playing this year will be Jerome Tochor, Rudy Voss and Del Halterman. If these names sound familiar they probably are - all of the members have been in various bands throughout the peace for decades.

This year there are 26 fiddlers and 2 sets of jig dancers ranging in age from a young five to those in their golden years. The heart of the music being passed on to the youth of our area suggests that this event will be still going 25 years from now.

The Grande Prairie Museums Program Director, Heather Schultz says the audience can expect a phenomenal time.

If you want to be part of the fun, the jamboree happens this Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 - admission for adults is $20.00, GP Museum Members is $15.00 and youth (17 years and under) are $10.00. Purchase tickets in person, at the Grande Prairie Museum or charge by phone at 780-830-7090.

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