The popular Puslinch Fiddle Orchestra is set to Fiddle Through the Seasons in a country music and variety show at St. Paul’s United, 123 Main St. E. in Milton, on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2019 at 2 p.m. This Orchestra from Aberfoyle, under the direction of Paul McDonald, will play toe-tapping music that takes us through the four seasons, music composed by Graham Townsend, Brian Hebert, Ned Landry, Bruce Armitage and more. Of note is the very beautiful Snow Waltz composed by Thoman Koschat, 1845 to 1018!
The approximately 45 members of the PFO come from Hamilton, Burlington, Guelph, Dundas, Milton, Oakville and Acton. Other instruments accompanying the fiddlers are keyboard, guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals and percussion. The latest addition is a piano accordian. The M.C. Bill Shepherd has many humorous stories and anecdotes to share during the show.
At the age of 10, Paul McDonald’s parents bought him a violin from Eaton’s. With no lessons and Paul learned on his own and in his teens, formed a country band and played for local dances and parties. Paul married Wendy, and she could chord on the piano! Paul’s band continued to play through the years until the present. In the late ’90’s Paul took several online and mail order violin courses knowing that it would be something to enjoy in his retirement. Paul now has a full violin repair shop set up for making and repairing violins, along with bow re-hairing.
In 2005 Paul started a small group with five interested fiddlers and they met at Duff Presbyterian, Highway 6 and 401. In 2006 the Puslinch Fiddle Orchestra performed their first concert, in order to help pay rent for the Church Hall.
As of 2019 the PFO has grown to approximately 45 members. It has been an overwhelming success for both Paul and Wendy McDonald and they are thankful for the local support they receive.
Following the show at St. Paul’s there will be reception. Tickets, Adults $20 and 12 and under $10, are available from Nancy 905.864.6667, Jim 905.878.0790 and the Church Office 905.878.8895. All proceeds go toward the work of St. Paul’s.
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