The Bella Coola Valley Learning Society (BVCLS) began a very musical journey in September. Enabled by the Bella Coola Community Support Society funding, 14 partially donated fiddles of all sizes were purchased. There are now approximately 40 fiddle students who have joined group lessons at the New Leaf Learning Centre. The age range is an impressive five to 74 years!
To be honest not all have bought a fiddle nor set their sights on Carnegie Hall. They have, however, tried something they always wanted to. Many are sounding very good indeed; the advancement in sound quality is extremely impressive in these few short months. Learning is everywhere and building brain cells is vital at any age. Making music contributes to every aspect of wellbeing.
Thanks to the Williams Lake and District Credit Union donation of funds, Janice Kyle is preparing a very special workshop March 14-16, 2014. (Mark these dates on your calendar!) Two of Canada’s most engaging fiddlers and teachers, Gordon Stobbe and JJ Guy, will visit Bella Coola to play for the Seniors, lead a family potluck and dance by calling in good old fashioned style, teach our budding musicians (for free) and entertain us in the Old Time/East Coast tradition of Canadian music.
Without a doubt, they will propel us forward with their enthusiasm and talent. Gordon and JJ have helped develop the connection of fiddling through the Cariboo region and finally, the Bella Coola Valley is a part of it.
Just a reminder – anyone can take part in these events. It is amazing how many fiddles have come out of the attics of Bella Coola. Feel free to call the New Leaf Learning Centre for more information at 250 799-5822