Saturday, November 25, at 2 p.m. the popular Puslinch Fiddle Orchestra, (PFO) based in Aberfoyle, will perform their toe-tapping coast, to coast, to coast Canadian fiddle tunes and songs at St. Paul’s United Church, 123 Main St. E in Milton. Remember Don Messer, Al Cherney, Ned Landry, Stompin’ Tom, the Hockey Song and St. Paul’sUnited Fiddling Around Canada for 150 Years More? The fiddlers, accompanied by keyboard, harmonica, guitar, banjo and vocals, number over 30.
The Puslinch Fiddle Orchestra was born in January 2005 at Duff ’s Presbyterian Church with five members including Paul MacDonald, lead violin and his wife, Wendy, keyboard accompanist. Soon the opportunity to play in the Orchestra spread and by 2006 it had close to 20 members and presented their first hoedown.
Members come from far and wide to join the happy group. They travel from Guelph, Burlington, Hamilton, Dundas, Milton, Acton and Oakville. Orchestra members enjoy the variety of tunes: waltzes, foxtrots, reels, jigs and some contemporary music. Solos and duets, also a great MC, add to the performance. Some members play with music, some by rote. Many members play in other groups: the Oakville Celtic Orchestra, the Hamilton-Wentworth Olde Tyme Fiddle Association and the Waterdown 551 Fiddlers.
The Puslinch Orchestra performs some music that has come down to us from Scotland or Ireland but the vast majority of the music was written over the year’s right here in Canada. The St. Paul’s Concert showcases some of the best music from Cape Breton, the Ottawa Valley, the Metis Fiddlers, the Prairies and the West. There will be door prizes and a reception after the Show. Tickets are Adults $20, students $10, and 6 and under free.