Fiddling helping Japanese

The Black Swan Fiddlers will be fiddling to raise money for the Japanese earthquake relief effort at the Zocalo Café on Thursday, March 31 starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Black Swan Fiddlers will be fiddling to raise money for the Japanese earthquake relief effort at the Zocalo Café on Thursday, March 31 starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Black Swan Fiddlers have been playing Celtic music in the Valley for the past five years. They have played at seniors residences, the Farmers’ Market, the Celtic Club, the Comox Valley Exhibition and the Courtenay Legion.

The band consists of four senior students from the Black Swan School of Celtic Music located at the Long and McQuade music store (formerly Sound Advice).

Students Crystal Berry, Julie Pickett, Caillie Gregory and Austin Longacre have been studying Celtic fiddle music with their teacher David Stevenson for the last seven years. They are supported by Chris Hubberstey, fiddle, Bob Henderson on bodhran and snare drums, Paul Gervais on guitar, and Jacqueline Lambeth doing vocals.

Teacher and manager of the band, David Stevenson, learned traditional Celtic music during three years of living in Ireland. He studied under the late, great Donegal fiddler Seamus Grant. He brings an authentic traditional touch to the rich repertoire of Celtic music.

So come on down to the Zocalo Café on Thursday evening, taste the great coffee and tap your feet to the lively music. The music starts at 7:30.

All funds raised will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Earthquake Relief effort.

For more information, call David Stevenson at 250-218-0684.

— Black Swan Fiddlers


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