Pierre Schryer (left) and Quinn Bachand will perform in a house concert May 2-3.

Fiddles sure to fly in Merville

One of Canada’s premiere fiddlers, Pierre Schryer, will join one of the country’s best up and coming folk stars, Quinn Bachand

One of Canada’s premiere fiddlers, Pierre Schryer, will join one of the country’s best up and coming folk stars, Quinn Bachand, in the intimate atmosphere of a concert in a private home hosted by Gardeners Green Folk Club in Merville.

Because of their limited space, and the popularity of both of these musicians, who are currently playing together as a duo, they will be having two concerts, one on Thursday May 2, and one on Friday May 3.

Schryer is one of Canada’s best-known traditional fiddlers. For over two decades Schryer has been fiddling across North America, the UK and Ireland, headlining festivals and captivating audiences with his musical finesse, genuine warmth, and stunning technical ability in any style from Irish, Scottish and Québecois, to Canadian, American, and Swing. Immersed from an early age in the Franco-Ontarian traditions of his heritage, Pierre and his brothers, as the Schryer Triplets, recorded two albums and appeared several times on The Tommy Hunter Show. As a solo performer Schryer has received numerous titles and awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, Violoneux Championnat, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion. Over the last decade, Schryer has released six solo recordings on his own label, New Canadian Records.

Bachand was so impressed by how warm, appreciative and responsive the Gardeners Green audiences were when he and his sister Qristina planed two concerts here, that he wanted to spend the only extra timeSchryer has available on this trip performing here in this house venue.

Seventeen-year-old Bachand is undoubtedly one of Canada’s most stunning young musicians.

With diverse musical talents, fantastic intuitive skill and a bottomless pool of creativity, Bachand is a well experienced performer, a prodigious guitar player and gifted multi-instrumentalist, who is at ease playing a wide range of styles,  from Celtic to Gypsy Jazz.

Bachand is also an accomplished classical violinist who has completed the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Grade 10 violin exam with honours, and with any luck you’ll get to hear some “duelling fiddles” at the concerts.

Tickets are $20 ($10 kids) and include our usual big dessert buffet.  Gardeners Green is a non-profit group and all ticket money goes directly to the performers. They’ll also have their regular charity raffle with great prizes during the evening. To reserve tickets for either concert, call 250-337-5337.