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Hello Folks of the Fiddle,

So, here is the FiddleFest Schedule of Events.  August will be getting the workshop sheets organized so all will be tickety-boo when musicians arrive on Saturday to get signed up.  I have also attached the schedule if you’d like to print it out.  If you can, please bring $5.00 bills instead of the usual $100.00 and $1,000.00 bills.

The Friday night concert is all organized and, on Saturday at the dance, the two “bands”, Fiddlejam and Marc Atkinson & Trent Freeman will alternate Contra sets and play danceable tunes inbetween Contras.

Looking forward to a great time at the Big Yellow this weekend.


Craig Freeman



Schedule of Events


 Marc Atkinson Trio/Cam Wilson CONCERT – Doors 7:00, Show 7:30.

With Guest Fiddler Trent Freeman


10:00am – Doors open

Workshop Sign Up $5.00 per workshop


10:30 – 11:20

FIDDLE Beginner / Intermediate– instructor June Cannon – Downstairs Hall

FIDDLE Intermediate– instructor Cam Wilson – Downstairs #1

FIDDLE Advanced– instructor Trent Freeman – Stage

GUITAR– instructor Marc Atkinson – Downstairs #2 or Green Room

UKULELE– instructor Ruth Rae – Kitchen or Lobby or Manse


11:30 – 12:20

FIDDLE Beginner / Intermediate– instructor Max Sander – Downstairs Hall

FIDDLE Intermediate– instructor Trent Freeman– Downstairs #1

FIDDLE Advanced– instructor– Cam Wilson – Stage

MANDOLIN – instructor Marc Atkinson – Downstairs #2 or Green Room

UKULELE– instructor Ruth Rae – Kitchen or Entrance or Manse


LUNCH BREAK – You can use the kitchen to heat up your lunch



JAM SESSION Leaders – Marc Atkinson, Trent Freeman, Cam Wilson

Contra Dance




And, here is the publicity for FiddleFest.  This, too, you can send on to all your friends and enemies.

FiddleFest Concert & Dance


The Marc Atkinson Trio & Cam Wilson

Once again, Fiddle Fest is going to shake up the Comox Valley with another great weekend of concerts, Contra dance and workshops.  This musical festival has been exciting music lovers nigh on 18 years, giving local fiddlers, young and sensibly mature, a chance to play hard and fast at the Big Yellow Merville Hall.  This year, our knee socks will be blown off by the main act, the award winning Marc Atkinson Trio, with guests Cameron Wilson and Trent Freeman.  These high voltage musicians will rock the hall stage in Friday night’s concert, April 20th, at 7:30.

Marc Atkinson is the leader and composer of the internationally renowned Marc Atkinson Trio (and co-founder, composer and performer in the acclaimed band, The Bills). The music of the Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating, technically awe-inspiring and unforgettable ride.

Special guest, violinist and composer, Cameron Wilson, is known as an arranger and composer of musical parody in multiple musical genres.  This prodigy is currently a member of the classical crossover piano trio, Joe Trio, the acoustic string jazz quartet, Van Django, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, Mariachi del Sol, Pastiche and Tambura Rasa.

Trent Freeman tours with his band, The Fretless, and he is delighted to be back in the Valley to entertain his friends.

The day after the concert, Saturday, April 21st, from 10:30am to 12:30pm, the Trio will also lead musical workshops in fiddle, guitar, mandolin, (bass) and ukulele, to all comers, beginners included, with some jamming thrown in for fun. Workshops are only $5.00 each and the doors open at 10:00am.  The hall will be open all day so you can even use the kitchen to boil your beans and chew on your hard tack.

Saturday night, at 7:30pm, Marc and Cameron (with special guest, Trent Freeman), will lead the Trio as they whoop it up for a Community Contra dance with the delightful jackanape, June Cannon, calling the moves and the facinorous Fiddlejam filling in the spaces.  Adults are $10.00 and youth are $5.00 and there is even a special family rate.  All are welcome to come and dance and meet friends, old and new.  There are spot dance prizes and homemade treats.  Contra dances will be taught on the spot and there are polkas, swing and waltz dances in between the Contras.

The “slowly getting famous” Big Yellow Merville Hall is right on the Old Island Highway, between Campbell River and Courtenay.  Friday concert tickets are $20.00 adult and $10.00 youth, at Long & McQuade, Courtenay and Blue Heron in Comox.  Saturday dance tickets are at the door.  Call Craig at 250-339-4249,

What:          Fiddle Fest Concert and Contra dance with The Marc Atkinson Trio

Where:        Big Yellow Merville Hall, Old Island Highway, Merville

When:          Concert – Friday, April 20th.  7:30pm

Contra Dance – Saturday, April 21st.  7:30 pm

Tickets:       Long & McQuade in Ctny; Blue Heron in Cmx

FMI:            Craig – 339-4249 ;