LEWISTON – The Franco-American Heritage Center has once again teamed up with the Maine Fiddle Camp to present the Maine Fiddler’s Showcase at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19.

Featured at the third annual event will be fiddlers Don Roy, Frank Farrell, Ed Pearlman,Greg Boardman, Doug Protsik and Lucien Mathieu. Each is an accomplished professional practitioner of this time-honored art.

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

Roy is a champion fiddler in many styles of fiddling. Hailing from the Maritimes and Quebec, his musical passion lies with the French-Canadian tradition followed closely by Celtic music. He has been a member of many successful groups, including bluegrass, Irish and French, and has directed the popular Maine French Fiddlers for its duration. He received Fellowship awards from the state of Maine in 1994 and 2001, for excellence in traditional music.

Ferrel, a new Maine resident and Maine Fiddle Camp master fiddler, has performed internationally with famed Celtic band The Boys of the Loch. He has made many appearances on “Prairie Home Companion” and has written many books. He has numerous recordings to his credit, having learned from the masters in Boston’s Irish pubs and dance halls in the ’60s.

Pearlman has performed many styles of music, but has specialized in Scottish/Cape Breton fiddling for 30 years. He directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club for 18 years and has taught many workshops at the Maine Fiddle Camp and the Blazin Fiddles camp in Beauly, Scotland. He teaches fiddle in Portland and has taught and coordinated a Scottish/Cape Breton fiddle course at the Ohio Scottish Arts School at Oberlin since 1995. He directed and performed in Boston’s Celtic Festival at the Hatch Shell for seven years and the Scottish Fiddle Rally in Boston for 15 years.

Founder of the Maine Fiddle Camp, Boardman has been a major inspiration for many fiddlers over the last three decades. He has played at concerts and dances throughout his career in folk music. He learned the regional Down East fiddling style from Otto Soper and Simon St. Pierre, and has taught music and fiddling in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

Concert tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors. Call 689-2000 go online to www.francoamericanheritage.org.


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