By Jill Hayward
“I wanna hear an old time fiddle, play an old time fiddle song,” are the words from a Vince Gill song called Old Time Fiddle, words that describe the feelings of all those who love to hear old time country fiddling.
If you’ve ever tapped your foot, or danced to fiddle music such as Rubber Dolly, Foxtrot Rag, Red Wing, Pig Pen Polka, or Darktown Strutters Ball you’ll know how those tunes get under your skin and pretty soon you’re hooked and asking for more.
That’s why there are are organizations such as the Kamloops Old Time Fiddlers who have been around since 1982 and have been gaining in popularity ever since. The group are are well known and in great demand for their toe tapping entertainment, and good time had by all.
The Old Time Fiddlers will be in Barriere this month for their Jamboree Campout and Dance at the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall on the fairgrounds. The weekend runs from 3 p.m. on Friday, June 21, to 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 23.
The weekend is open to the public and will be filled with award winning fiddlers from 14 to 90 years, plenty of camping, jamming, dancing, visiting friends both old and new, a cribbage tournament, a Saturday night potluck supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dance at 7:30 p.m., and winds up with a Sunday morning pancake breakfast by donation.
The Saturday night dance admittance fee for Kamloops Old Time Fiddlers’ members is $ 6, and non-members $10.
Bring your instrument, your favourite pot luck dish, and your dancing shoes for the waltzes, fox trots, two-steps and polkas!
The North Thompson Fall Fair Hall is at 677 Barriere Lakes Road (watch for the fiddles along the way).
If you would like more information call 250-376-2330 or go to www.bcfiddlers.com.