The Community Press
Fiddlers Orchestra returns to roots
Asphodel-Norwood – The Donegal Fiddlers Orchestra is coming home.
After four years of using the old town
The doors to the hall will open at “and the strains of fiddle music will fill the century-old spaces,” says Donegal Fiddlers member Marie Forgrave, of Campbellford, adding that the musicians are looking forward to utilizing the ample space at the Norwood Hall and being able to accommodate the orchestra’s ever increasing monthly crowd.
The fiddle orchestra has added a variety of instruments to its base of 16 fiddles, guitar, bass fiddle, tin flute, mandolin, accordion, keyboard and percussion which resulted in “an ever more interesting sound,” making the orchestra “truly a unique group” that is ready to provide fun and entertainment.
musicians who later became the Donegal Fiddlers at first came together simply to practise and socialize. Then people started to drop
in to listen, and soon the informal group had a devoted audience. Pushed by founding members such as Alilee Thompson, the band coelesced
and formed an identity and a musical pattern. They adopted the name of a 19th-century one-room school house southeast of
The Donegal Fiddlers have also taken their show
east, playing a concert in a small community near
The Donegal Fiddlers have been recognized with a Peterborough County arts award. And they have made CDs “for our own enjoyment” says bassist Ron Scott, noting that the recording sessions also helped the musicians focus and refine their music.