With a steady stream of concert dates taking the Fitzgerald family across Canada and the US, they’re looking forward to a hometown welcome on July 12 at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft to release their newest album.
The group of fiddling and step dancing siblings – Tom, Kerry & Julie Fitzgerald have come a long way from their small-town roots. As 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions, they grew-up immersed in the rich tradition of Canadian Old Time fiddling and step dancing that evolved with the arrival of Irish, Scottish and French immigrants.
Over the years, they have developed their art form to include various styles of fiddle music including Celtic, jazz, bluegrass, French-Canadian, and pop. They have also explored other dance forms including tap and Irish.
The Fitzgerald siblings continue to push boundaries by fusing traditional and modern styles of fiddle and dance to create their own unique sound and style which is featured heavily on the new album they will be debuting at their Bancroft Show.
Kerry Fitzgerald says she can’t wait to get home for what promises to be one heck of a great party for music lovers across the region.
“This is our CD release concert, and we are really excited to be able to do it in our hometown of Bancroft,” she explains. “We got our start in performing as children at the Village Playhouse, so it only makes sense to release our new music there to a crowd full of family, friends, and local Bancroftians!”
Kerry also says that the show happens to fall on the date of Julie Fitzgerald’s 30th birthday.
Fitzgerald says the show will showcase a wide variety of styles instrumentation and will appeal to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
“With a combination of fiddling, vocals, humor, and step dancing, there’s something for everyone,” she says. “During the concert, we will debut all of our new album material, as well as include long time crowd favorites such as Danny Boy, Over the Rainbow, and of course our energetic step dancing!”
The Fitzgeralds will be in Bancroft for one night only on July 12 and tickets are on sale now at Harvest Moon, Vintage on Hastings, Posie’s, Hospice House and online at www.bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca.
Doors and the bar open at 6:30 with the show starting at 7:30. Tickets are $25 and proceeds support Hospice North Hastings as part of their Caring through Culture initiative.