Friday, November 26, 2010
STEP Fiddlers release new CD of traditional Newfoundland and Labrador tunes
The STEP Fiddlers are a group of 20 talented young musicians aged 9 to 19 who specialize in the traditional dance music of Newfoundland and Labrador. The group, a subset of the Suzuki Talent Education Program, has existed for 28 years under the direction of legendary St. John’s fiddler Christina Smith, with over 200 members over its lifetime. Fiddling in the Fog is their second CD, a delightful collection of rare jigs, reels, and waltzes. The tunes have been passed down to the group from old-style Newfoundland musicians, and arranged for fiddle, bodhran, dobro, cello and guitar. Accompanying the Fiddlers are stars of the local folk-music scene, Dave Panting, Jean Hewson, Rick West and John Clarke. The CD is now available at Fred's Records and O'Brien's Music Store.