Meet Fiddlelore – a vibrant group of three young girls, Grace Foote (18), Kathleen Wojcik (16), and Emily Roughton (20), who play Scottish fiddle with rhythm, style and pizzazz!
The girls got together three years ago after discovering their mutual passion for the dancing fiddle music of Scotland and Cape Breton and have been inseparable ever since. Fiddlelore play with a joy and exuberance that has endeared them to audiences everywhere they go. With a rapidly expanding repertoire of both traditional and original material, the girls also incorporate a variety of instruments and vocal items into their fun, foot-stomping performances.
They are accompanied by award-winning singer / guitarist Penelope Foote. Penelope has been NZ’s Country Music Songwriter of the year and has won many national singing awards. She is currently studying classical singing and has recently received both national and international awards for top marks in a Trinity exam.
Also playing with them is guitarist Mark Mazengarb who recently joined forces with the girls after hearing them perform at the Auckland Folk Festival in January 2008. Mark (24) majored in classical performance at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music through Massey University, graduating in 2006 with the completion of his BMus degree. During the last year of his studies Mark undertook an exchange to America where he was based at the University of North Carolina, and had the opportunity to learn from a variety of esteemed guitarists including Tommy Emmanuel. In 2008 Mark was the recipient of the Frank-Winter memorial award, which enabled him to travel to Nashville to attend the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention (CAAS) and several other workshops and festivals. Mark is planning a return trip to Nashville this year, and intends to spend 2010 travelling and playing in various parts of the world.
So – bring friends – bring family – bring youngsters – bring strangers; even bring university professors, to join in a social evening, with plenty of fun and music, beside the crackling fire.
Between the 10 rounds of questions we’ll have music from our floor singers to keep you entertained while the scores are totted up.
Rounds comprise the following categories with five questions in each category:–
There will be some easy questions and some harder ones, and some questions where it might help if you had a youngster on your team.
We are looking to get at least 10 teams of six people to compete for the title "Supreme Champions of Trivia" and they will become immortalised in TFMC history.
There will be spot prizes throughout the evening with the "Supreme Champions" picking up the "Main Prize" which will not be trivial.
All you have to do is:-
Give your team a name; the more outlandish and folk connected the better e.g. the Outlandish Knights.
Booking early is advised. Floor singers are encouraged to provide the additional entertainment between rounds.
To assist us with the organisation it would be helpful for us to know how many teams and people to expect so please, please, please let us know as soon as you can.
If you know of somebody or some organisation or business who may be willing to donate a prize then please let Ian know. Donors will be advertised on the Sponsors Board and in our Club literature.
Ian can be contacted on 09 813 2305 or by the form below.
The venue for this extravaganza is the Titirangi Beach Hall (where else!!?) doors will be open as usual at 7.30pm and the quiz will start at 8pm. Entry is $5pp for all.
An informal ‘Singaround’ - ‘Open Mic’ without a Mic - A smaller group of people meet to share their songs and music.
Marcus Turner lives on the Otago Peninsula, near Dunedin, New Zealand. He has entertained audiences with folk music for nearly thirty years, performing in every major festival in New Zealand, as well as many in Australia and Britain.
He began performing folk music at the Otago University Folk Music Club in 1973: a time when a folk music revival was underway. Marcus's repertoire, which initially concentrated on the music of popular singers such as Paul Simon and John Denver, soon expanded to include more traditional music. During the 1970's Marcus was an active member of the “Ginger Minge Binge Bush Band” and later “High Country Bluegrass”.
Marcus began to write some of his own songs, achieving early success when EMI recorded and released “The Civil Service Song” as a single. A few years later he recorded his first album (“The Best is Yet to Come”, released by Cityfolk) then made a tour of New Zealand folk clubs to promote it.
Marcus became “world famous in New Zealand” for 3 years, as part of the trio who presented the popular childrens' TV programme “Spot On”. Following this, while training to become a television director, he acted as musical director for “A Drop of the Pure Stuff”: a televised folk concert from Central Otago. A 20-month trip to Britain followed, where he tried his hand at becoming a professional folk musician, but found the lifestyle too demanding.
Since then, Marcus helped to form “The Chaps”: a highly successful band that has recorded two albums and made two trips to Europe. In 2005 he released his second solo album “Laid Down”. His musical interests have expanded to include traditional music from many countries, and Marcus plays a wide variety of traditional musical instruments with other Dunedin musicians.
Irish singer Andy Irvine, the Danish folk group “Færd” and the British singing group “The Hen Party” are among those who have recorded Marcus's compositions. He has composed for films, including the NHNZ documentary “Hotel Iguana”.
Marcus continues to give solo performances: he's a kind of troubadour, singing a variety of songs that range from funny to deeply moving. The mixture includes traditional songs from many countries but focuses on songs from New Zealand: particularly those he has written.
The evening opens with a set from Susanne Timms.
Last Update: 2009-08-30