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The Fiddlers’ Jamboree Enters Its’ 32nd Year
Posted Date: 3/12/2019

Tickets are on sale now for the 32nd Annual Fiddlers’ Jamboree at the Grande Prairie Museum.

The 2019 Fiddlers’ Jamboree is a country-western style musical performance at the Grande Prairie Regional College, Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fiddlers Jamboree 2019

Ticket prices are $30 for adults (18+) and $25 for seniors (60+) and youth (under 18). Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Grande Prairie Museum in Muskoseepi Park or by phone at 780-830-7090.

The Fiddlers’ Jamboree is a unique opportunity for fiddlers and fiddling enthusiasts to come together as a community to celebrate music and diversity. Spectators of all-ages enjoy an afternoon of traditional and modern fiddling music and dancing, from novice to senior to professional.

Anyone interested in registering as a performer in the Jamboree can contact the Grande Prairie Museum by phone at 780-830-7090 or email culture@cityofgp.com.

Background

Les Head has been involved in the Fiddlers’ Jamboree since it began in 1987. Fred Mason moved to Grande Prairie in 1955 and his band Fred Mason and the Sundown treated visiting dignitaries and community events to old time fiddle music.

Fred Mason was the brainchild of the whole operation,” said Head. “Together with a few of his friends, Fred founded the Jamboree out of a jam session at the Grande Prairie Museum.”

The Jamboree outgrew the original venue and relocated to the Golden Age Centre and eventually to the Grande Prairie Regional College, Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre where it is held today. The Fiddlers’ Jamboree continues to see multiple generations of performers take the stage in different capacities and varying skill levels.

“I started playing the keyboard with my mom in ‘87,” said Head. “I enjoy coming out each year and seeing younger players continue to get involved so that we can continue the event”.  

The Fiddlers’ Jamboree has remained a part of the Grande Prairie Museum and their efforts to preserve the intangible heritage of old-time fiddle music that expands across generations and cultures.

The fiddlers who participate in the jamboree are from the Peace Region, coming as far as Peace River and out-of-province performers coming from Fort Nelson, BC, and Hay River, Northwest Territories.