The Victoria School of Irish Dance, who are booked to perform at the fundraiser. (Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival)

St. Patrick’s Day folk festival fundraiser hits SHOAL Centre in Sidney

The Folk N Fiddle festival is holding a fundraising concert ahead of the Sidney event

A St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser March 16 raises money and awareness of Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival, an ambitious music and cultural event set to sweep Sidney, this summer.

Calvin Cairns, Charlie Gannon and The Victoria School of Irish Dance are booked to perform, and there will be finger foods and a silent auction featuring a valuable early 1950s Gibson J45 guitar.

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The guitar has been repaired and set up by Dylan Rovere of Old Town Strings and was donated by Farrell Boyce on behalf of the estate of prominent fiddler Clarence Boudreau.

Nellie Quinn, from North Saanich, is the artistic director of the festival. She is an established fiddler and has volunteered her services as a performer at the Fundraiser.

“The response has been wonderful. We’ve had so much support and we’re really looking forward to this event.”

Tickets cost $35 and profits help fund the festival.

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The Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival will happen between May 31 and June 1 and is being produced by the Deep Cove Folk Music Society. It plans to be a celebration of folk music from around the world and include stalls, local vendors and food.

Contact Bob de Wolff 250-655-3811 and (bdewolff@mac.com) or Farrell Boyce (fmboyce@shaw.ca) for details of the guitar or to make a bid. The family-friendly fundraising event at the SHOAL Centre on Saturday, March 16 starts at 7 p.m. and the concert kicks off at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and available at the SHOAL Centre or by phone (250)656-5537



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