Musical group welcomes novice, expert fiddlers

On Tuesday, the Rovin' Fiddlers welcomed another musician to the fold. Guitar player Jackie Schmidt had heard about the group and its Tuesday evening jam sessions from her fiddling friend Tami Curtis.

Rovin' Fiddlers Ginnie Matheson

Rovin' Fiddlers Ginnie Matheson

On Tuesday, the Rovin’ Fiddlers welcomed another musician to the fold. Guitar player Jackie Schmidt had heard about the group and its Tuesday evening jam sessions from her fiddling friend Tami Curtis. A couple of years ago, Tami had also told Steve McCracken about the group. He’d played fiddle as a kid, but hadn’t picked it up for years. That’s how the group has grown to nearly 20 members – word of mouth.

“What’s great is it’s a non-threatening environment,” said fiddler Sue Lawrence. “I encourage people who haven’t played in years (to come). It’s like riding a bike.”

The Rovin’ Fiddlers practice every Tuesday at either the Issaquah Highlands fire station or the Children’s Garden school house. Their speciality is Celtic folk music, but they also enjoy old time tunes like “Over the Waterfall” and “Grasshopper Sittin’ on a Sweetpotato Vine”.

The group performs publicly at a wide variety of venues, including farmers markets, coffee houses and senior centers. The group even cheered on runners at one of the turns during a local marathon. Their next performance is scheduled for Oct. 29 from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Issaquah Senior Center.

More information about upcoming performances and jam sessions can be found on the group’s website – www.rovinfiddlers.com.




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