Just fiddlin' around

By Geoff Lee

April 21, 2016 6:00 AM

Fiddler extraordinaire, Scott Woods, will be performing in Lashburn.

Scott Woods will turn fiddling into a sport when he and his merry band roll into Lashburn for their Love that Fiddle show.
Woods is a Canadian fiddle champ who will live up to his nickname as the Flippin’ Fiddler by somersaulting and walking on a barrel while fiddling.
“Near the end of the show I will do a running somersault basically and a tumble with the fiddle and I also walk on a barrel,” he said in a phone interview from his home in Fergus Ontario.
“I usually play Roll Out the Barrel while I’m rolling out the barrel literally.”
Woods is a two-time winner of the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship as well as a fiddle entertainer of the year.
His Love that Fiddle show will take place at the Lashburn Community Centre at 7 p.m. on May 18 as part of a 48 stop tour across Canada.
“It’s a brand new show,” said Woods.
“Every year when we come across the country we have a new theme, different music and sometimes a slightly different band.”
Love that Fiddle is billed as an uplifting live show celebrating the magic of the fiddle and simpler times before cellphones and computers.
“It’s very much an old time grassroots show in that regard,” said Woods.
He said anyone who remembers Don Messer’s Jubilee on CBC television will understand his show is a high energy variety program for the whole family.
“We have lots of upbeat music,” said Woods, who notes his sister Kendra will play the fiddle with him.
She’ll also play some piano, sing and perform a comedy schtick.
The show will feature traditional country western swing, gospel songs and bluegrass.
The Woods siblings will be joined on stage by Steve Piticco on electric guitar. “He is absolutely amazing,” said Woods.
“He is one of Canada’s top session country guitar players.”
Gary Boles is the upright bass player who will sing an old bluegrass tune Grampa’s Way of Life.
The drummer is Wes Dymond who Woods calls a young farm boy from southwestern Ontario.
“He likes to talk crops,” said Woods.
Rounding out the six member group is Patrick Linton, who will light up the stage with this championship step dancing.
He also plays the acoustic guitar and will sing some Johnny Cash hits in Lashburn.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children age six to 12 with kids five and under free and available at the door or by calling 1-855-726-8896 to buy in advance.
The Lashburn show to be held on a hump day is a fill-in event on Woods’ annual tour that raises money for churches and charities.
This year no one stepped forward to organize the venue, so it will go ahead as a pure entertainment function.
“We’ve got a good following in the Lloydminster area,” said Woods, who noted they have played at least seven or eight times in Lashburn and many times at the Vic Juba Community Theatre.
“We seem to draw really good crowds in Saskatchewan and Alberta.”

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