LEWISTON – For the fifth year, the roughly 80-member Fiddle-icious orchestra will bring its joyful toe-tapping music to Paris, Brunswick and the Franco-American Heritage Center.

The stage will be filled with musicians performing Quebecois, Acadian, Scottish and Irish traditions, which include reels, jigs, aires, marches, hornpipes, waltzes, step dancing and singing.

Fiddle-icious is an orchestra of diverse musicians who play fiddles, guitars, flutes, banjos, tin whistles, accordions, cellos, violas, mandolins, harps, stand-up bass and other instruments. Members range in age from youth to retirees and are engaged in occupations as varied as blacksmith and veterinarian. Music is scored for beginners up to advanced players, creating a full, rich sound.

The orchestra will be directed by master fiddle Don Roy and accompanied by his wife, Cindy Roy, on the piano.

The 2008 concert series will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at McCormack Performing Arts Center at Gorham High School. Concerts will follow at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Franco center.

Tickets range from $8 to $12 and will be available at the door.

“Fiddle tunes live only as long as they are played and passed on. Fiddle-icious brings life to traditional music, but beyond that we celebrate the friendships and sense of community that have developed. I have seen people who were strangers three months before offer their homes to those in need,” said Roy.

Fiddle-icious has created CDs of each year’s concerts, which will be available at the concerts.

The Roys are well-known in Maine fiddling circles, having won many contests around the Northeast. As part of The Don Roy Trio, they were recently invited to perform traditional French Canadian and Celtic music in the Performing Arts for Everyone Initiative series at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Jay Young, playing upright bass, completes the trio; he also plays in Fiddle-icious.

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