LEWISTON – The Franco-American Heritage Center in association with Maine Fiddle Camp will present some of Maine’s best traditional old-time fiddlers Sunday, May 4, at the second annual Maine Fiddler’s Showcase.

Each fiddler is an accomplished professional practitioner of this time-honored art.

The focus of Maine Fiddle Camp and this concert is the Downeast style that characterizes this cultural region which has French-Canadian, Irish, Scottish and Scandinavian influences, courtesy of those who settled here.

Among the featured performers are Lucien Matthieu, Suzie Burke and Dave Surette, Greg Boardman, the Don Roy Trio, the old-time country band The Old Grey Goose, Steve Muise, Frigate, Elaine Malkin, Sylvia, Miskoe, John Cote, Ed Howe and the Newell Family.

Accompaniment will be provided on piano, guitar and bones.

Don and Cindy Roy and their bassist, Jay Young, have long entertained audiences in the southern Maine area and beyond as the Don Roy Trio. Don is a champion fiddler in many styles of fiddling. Hailing from roots deep in the Maritimes and Quebec, the Roys’ musical passion lies with the French-Canadian tradition followed closely by Celtic music. Don has been a member of many successful groups, including bluegrass, Irish and French. He has directed the popular Maine French Fiddlers for its duration.

Warmth, vitality and spontaneity mark the performances of Burke and Surette and have earned them a reputation as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Susie’s complex voice and David’s nimble-fingered string playing combine to produce the duo’s unique blend of contemporary, traditional and original folk and acoustic music. Together since 1988, they have built a steady following that is continuing to grow with this year’s release of their “When the Small Birds Sweetly Sing” CD.

The Maine Fiddler’s Showcase will begin at 2 p.m. Admission is $12, $10 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 689-2000. For more information, go to www.francoamericanheritage.org.


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