Groups


The number and composition of groups within the Coast String Fiddlers & Bad to the Bow changes year to year based upon enrollment; there are currently 3 performing groups and two beginner groups.

While all groups are primarily fiddle ensembles, they are supported by other instruments such as piano, cello, bass, guitar, wind and percussion instruments.

Prospective students wishing to join any of the groups should contact the respective musical director. Enrollment in private lessons is a pre-requisite for joining either group.  A list of instructors can be found here.

Coast String Fiddlers (CSF)

The Coast String Fiddlers play an international mix of traditional fiddle music, including Scottish, Appalachian, Shetland, and Finnish as well as compositions by Canadian Fiddlers and members of the group, some of which defy categorization! The energy of our fiddling is supported by piano, guitar, cello, bagpipes and highlighted with Highland and Cape Breton Step dancing.

The groups are under the musical direction of Holly Beckmyer, and CSF founder Michelle Bruce.

The CSF 3G group (the 3rd generation of CSF fiddlers) rehearses on Friday evenings at Roberts Creek Elementary School from 6:00 pm  – 7:00 pm. This group is suited for musicians who have been studying their instruments for at least 2 – 3 years.  Musicians should be comfortable learning by ear and playing tunes up to speed.

The CSF Beginner group rehearses on Friday evenings at Roberts Creek Elementary School from 5:00 – 5:45 pm. This group is suited to musicians who have played for 6 months-2 years. Students are encouraged to learn tunes by ear, and music and finger sheets are supplemented.

Bad to the Bow (BTTB)

Where traditional and contemporary folk meet – BTTB plays a fusion of world music styles. Whether they are taking a very traditional Celtic tune and applying cutting-edge contemporary string playing techniques and Afro-Cuban rhythms to accompany it, or trying out a new or experimental tune with modern composers writing for the fiddle, Bad to the Bow dances the line between digging into the roots of the instrument and branching out to explore the sounds of the future. 

The group is under the musical direction of Gabriel Dubrueil.

The BTTB Senior group rehearses on Wednesdays at Cedar Grove Elementary school from 5:00-6:30 pm. This group is best suited for musicians between the ages of 13-18 who are proficient on their instruments.  Musicians should be comfortable learning by ear and playing tunes up to speed.

The BTTB Intermediate group rehearses on Thursdays evenings at Cedar Grove Elementary from 7-8:15 pm. This group is best suited to musicians between the ages of 9-14 who have been studying their instruments at least 2 – 3 years.  Musicians should be comfortable learning by ear and playing tunes up to speed.

The BTTB Beginner group rehearses on Thursdays at Cedar Grove Elementary school from 5-5:45pm. This group is suited to musicians between the ages of 7-10 who have been studying their instruments at least 1 year.