Fiddle storm to wallop Lashburn

By Geoff Lee

May 9, 2018 4:33 PM

The Flippin Fiddler Scott Woods is bringing his Fiddling Up a Storm tour to the Community Hall in Lashburn on May 19. This will be his umpteenth time in Lashburn where residents love his two hour variety show Supplied Photo

A fiddle storm advisory has been issued for the Lashburn area.
Canadian fiddling champion Scott Woods is headed to the Lashburn Community Hall on May 19 with his Fiddling Up a Storm tour.
A news release warns you will hear the flurry of fast fingers on a fiddle or guitar similar to a hurricane or twister, or maybe the calm before the storm.
Woods jokes he seems to stir up real storms lately along with his high-pressure zone musical ones.
Locals may want to check the weather channel before leaving home for the 7 p.m. show.
“We started on a tour two weeks ago in southern Ontario and it was right in the middle of a big ice storm— they were calling it the storm of the century,”  said Woods from Fergus, Ont.
“I didn’t realize months and months ago when we planned the tour at the start that we were going to take Fiddling Up a Storm so literally.”
The Lashburn audience should brace for a fast-paced two hour musical whirlwind starring Woods and his All-Star band.
“We try and make sure there is something for everyone,” said Woods.
“You don’t have to be a fiddle music fan or a country music fan by any means.”
This is a variety show featuring lots of Canadian old time fiddle music, traditional country songs, western swing tunes and country gospel favourites.
“There’s dancing and there’s singing and there’s lot of different instrumentals on guitars on fiddles and on accordions,” said Woods.
Joining Woods on stage will be his sister Kendra Norris who has also won many solo and duet fiddling competitions.
Performers include the likes of Canadian Country Music Award winner and Guitar Player of the Year, Steve Piticco; bass player Peter Sisk and Canadian Country Music Award winner and Drummer of the Year, Bill Carruthers and champion step dancer 13 year old Leo Stock.
Woods has several recordings to his credit which will be available at the concert.
In fiddling circles Woods is affectionately known as ‘The Flippin’ Fiddler’ who tours extensively across Canada and the United States every year raising funds for churches, charities and community service organizations
He has lost track of how many times his band has played in Lashburn for fun, but he says there just seems to be something that draws residents to his show year after year and he loves the venue.
“It’s a nice hall, it’s a good stage and a nice sound room,” he said.
“The crowd just seems to like it there.”
Woods said the show strikes a chord with seniors, but they’re seeing a lot more younger families and kids coming to the show.
“Fiddle music in general is fun happy music; you can’t help but tap your toes,” he said.
Rain or shine Woods will be doing his signature fiddle flip near the end of the show.
“I’ll be walking on the barrel again, playing behind my back and legs and do the front running flip,” he said with fiddle in hand.
He said the stage is really high in Lashburn so people get a really good view of how that happens—sometimes not quite as planned in other locations with narrow stages.
“Sometimes I land with my feet dangling off the stage,” he said, noting he’s never been seriously injured.
“I’ve banged my ankles up a few times and I’ve knocked my mic stand over—I just about kicked my nephew in the chin one time with it.”
He said as long as he has “a little bit of play” it’s really not that challenging.
“Some stages are slippery and I am not so graceful getting up,” he said.

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