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Scott Woods brings the Twin Fiddle Express to City

CHARISMA - Acclaimed fiddler Scott Woods will be performing at Sunnybrook United Church on May 25th.

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CHARISMA - Acclaimed fiddler Scott Woods will be performing at Sunnybrook United Church on May 25th.
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Renowned Canadian Fiddle Champion Scott Woods and his band present Twin Fiddle Express!

The show runs May 25th at Sunnybrook United Church. Tickets are available at the church office or by calling Michele at 403-356-1707.

This uplifting Branson-style live show celebrates the wonderful sound of two fiddles played sweetly in harmony – with lots of traditional country, western swing, country gospel and old-time fiddle tunes.

Folks will enjoy sensational step dancing, wholesome family humour and Wood’s famous trick fiddling – somersaults and walking on a barrel – all while playing his fiddle.

Joining Woods onstage will be his sister, Kendra (Woods) Norris – a multi-instrumentalist and certainly no stranger to old time fiddling, having won the Canadian Duet Fiddle Championship title three times with Woods as well as several solo wins in various classes including the 2016 Canadian Open (19-55 division).

Also onstage are Canadian Country Music Award Winner and Guitar Player of the Year Steve Piticco; bassist, step dancer and vocalist Patrick Linton and drummer/vocalist Bill Carruthers.

According to his web site bio, Wood’s dad Merv started playing old time music in 1944 as a youngster.

His very first performance was a fundraiser for the local school house just outside of Fergus, Ontario. By 1950, he had formed his own band known as The Merv Woods Orchestra. They soon became very busy playing for dances, socials, garden parties, weddings, anniversaries and more, many of which were fundraisers.

In 1956, a young lady named Carolyn Dyer joined the band as the pianist.

The Dyer family was also very musical and had for many generations been playing Old Time Fiddle Music. In 1960, Carolyn and Merv were married and went on to have four children, Elizabeth, Kendra, Bruce and Scott.

All of the children studied classical violin and piano and were already performing with the band by the time they were eight years old.

By the mid 1980s, Merv’s role as leader of the band was passed on to Scott and The Scott Woods Band was formed. Merv continued as manager and sound engineer for the group up until his death in 2003.

Meanwhile, Woods is a two-time winner of the Canadian Open Fiddle Contest, a two-time winner of the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship as well as Fiddle Entertainer of the Year.

He is known affectionately as ‘The Flippin’ Fiddler’ and tours extensively across Canada and the U.S.A. every year raising funds for churches, charities and community service organizations.

Woods is also known affectionately across Canada as ‘The Flippin’ Fiddler’ and tours extensively across the country every year raising funds for churches, charities and community service organizations. To date, over $2 million dollars have been raised for these groups.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and children five and under get in free.

- Weber

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