Jocelyn Pettit will perform her lively mix of Celtic and Canadian fiddle music on Saturday

Raising up the bow in Merville

Gardeners Green Folk Music Club hosts lively fiddler

Merville’s music house is at it again, this time clearing the furniture for a lively night of Celtic music and dance.

Gardeners Green Folk Music Club is hosting a house concert for the Jocelyn Pettit Band from Vancouver, on Saturday, April 20 at 7 pm in Merville.

With grace and passion, vibrant fiddler, stepdancer, singer, and composer, 18-year-old Jocelyn Pettit has ignited stages across Canada, the US, Scotland, and Malaysia with her lively Celtic music and dance.

First inspired by the driving energy of Cape Breton fiddling, and further drawn to explore the musical culture of Québec, Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Galicia, Pettit has embraced her love for Canadian and Celtic traditions and created a spirited style of her own.

Pettit has appeared on national television and radio; received multiple award nominations; shared the stage with Scottish legends, The Battlefield Band; performed with Irish supergroup, The Chieftains; and will soon be heading to perform in France.

She will be joined by her excellent back-up band, which includes her mother Siew, on piano and fiddle; her father Joel, on bodhran; and ‘adopted’ Uncle Bob, on guitar.

This promises to be an upbeat and joyous evening of music, song, and dance. To learn more about the band and hear some of their music, go to www.jocelynpettit.com.  It’s a lovely website, and there is music to listen to on the Music page, and also videos to watch on the Gallery page. As you’ll see, you are really in for a treat.

In order to accomodate the band, complete with keyboard and step-dancing area, they will have to limit seats more than usual, so get in touch soon if you’d like to reserve tickets, by giving them a ring at 250-337-5337.

Tickets are $20 ($10 kids), and hot drinks and a fabulous spread of desserts is included. All the proceeds go directly to Pettit and her band.

They’ll also have the ever-popular charity raffle during the evening, with the usual great prizes, and proceeds going to the Ursula Joy Trust Fund.

Since last October, when baby Ursula was diagnosed with brain cancer, they have raised, thanks to many generous donors, more than $11,000 to help her family in their time of need.

And they’ve had a lot of fun doing it, with their fundraisers, raffles and folk clubs.