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Fiddle Workshops, A Concert and A Dance!


The Lounge, 2nd floor, Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee Street

Quinn Bachand, who is well known as one of Canada’s most outstanding young musicians and Berklee College of Music Graduate (recipient of the Presidential Scholarship), will be teaching three workshops on the fiddling of James Isnardy.  In 2017, Quinn discovered lost archives of one of BC’s earliest fiddlers, James “Jimmy” Isnardy (1879-1978) – a St’at’imc packer, rancher, barber and local musician living in BC’s Cariboo region.  19th century residents and miners taught Isnardy the region’s earliest repertoire.  Some of this repertoire, ornamentation and bowing will be instructed by Quinn Bachand and divided into three levels:

Cost:  $20 each


Beginner – 10:00 to 11:00 am:    Students will learn one beginner tune from Isnardy’s repertoire

Intermediate – 11:15 to 12:15 pm:  Students will learn one intermediate tune from Isnardy’s repertoire, concentrating on Isnardy’s bowing techniques

Advanced – 12:30 to 1:30 pm:  Students will learn one advanced tune from Isnardy’s repertoire, focusing on his ornamentation and bowing techniques

To secure a spot please send an e-transfer to Marie Bachand at the following email:  marie@abachand.ca

Please indicate in the e-transfer message which level you are signing up for.

If you have any questions or need more information please email or call  Marie at 250-812-7978


St. Matthias Church Hall, 600 Richmond Road – 7:00 pm (doors 6:30 pm)

Please note that a special concert and family dance is also planned for the evening of March 19th   Quinn will invite some special musical guests to join him for a concert set, followed by a fun family square dance.  The dance will be taught and called by Doug Paterson, who will make the experience accessible for those without any dance experience.  It is guaranteed to be a fun time!  Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $25

$20 for Victoria Fiddle Society members and kids 12 and under

For more information, please contact Marie Bachand 250-812-7978 or email marie@abachand.ca; or to obtain tickets to the concert/dance, click on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fiddle-concert-family-dance-with-quinn-bachand-friends-tickets-518270179057

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