The Fitzgeralds in Concert, Thursday, July 06, AlgomaTrad Centre
AlgomaTrad is pleased to present The Fitzgeralds in concert on Thursday, July 06, 7:30pm at the AlgomaTrad Centre Pavilion, 1249 F&G Line, St. Joseph Island. Tickets are $30 General Admission, Seniors/Students $25, Children 10 and under free. Payment by credit card is available online HERE! E-transfer payments can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org – please make sure you specify how many tickets and what kind. Cheques can be made out to AlgomaTrad, 340 McKinnon Side Rd., Desbarats, ON P0R1E0.
The Fitzgeralds are performing as part of the AlgomaTrad Summer Series that features 3 concerts of some of Ontario’s finest traditional music groups; tickets for the entire series, on sale at a reduced rate per concert, are $80 General Admission, $65 Seniors/Students. Children 10 & under are free at all concerts. Series tickets are available HERE.
The Fitzgeralds are a family group consisting of award winning fiddling and step dancing siblings Tom, Kerry & Julie Fitzgerald. From just outside of Canada’s renowned Ottawa Valley, The Fitzgeralds have come a long way from their small town roots. Featuring 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions, this unique act features high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing. It is the rare combination of exceptional musicianship, incomparable step dancing, audience interaction, evident love of performing, and genuine sibling connection that resonates with audiences of all ages and sets this group apart. They were nominated for the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards for ‘Instrumental Group of the Year” and Kerry has just been nominated for a 2023 CFMA award for Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year for her release “Bitz and Beatz”.
The Fitzgerald siblings were raised in a musical household, and toured internationally with their family band “Everything Fitz”. Growing up on the outskirts of the Ottawa Valley, they were immersed in the rich tradition of Canadian Old Time fiddling and step dancing that evolved with the arrival of Irish, Scottish and French immigrants. Over time, they have developed their art form to include various styles of fiddle music including Celtic, jazz, bluegrass, French-Canadian, and pop. They have also explored other dance forms including tap and Irish. The siblings continue to push boundaries by fusing traditional and modern styles of fiddle and dance to create their own unique sound and style. Their creativity and passion for experimentation has led them to compose original tunes and arrangements, some which were released on their latest album. The result is a groovy and catchy new sound and look that appeals to all ages.
Despite their young age, these musicians have some notable musical experiences under their belts. Highlights include group/solo performances with: Nathan Carter, Leahy, Natalie McMaster, Cherish the Ladies, Tommy Hunter, Bowfire, Sharon Shannon, Liz Carroll, We Banjo 3, World-Fest, Silver Dollar City, Branson MO. As members of The StepCrew, they have had the opportunity to perform with Carlos Nunez, Solas, and Eileen Ivers. They are guest performers on the prestigious Nathan Carter TV Christmas Special 2017, broadcast by BBC and RTE television. A video of their high-energy dance performance has went viral via Ireland’s Independent.ie, with over 3 million views! Their show is a hit at festivals including Milwaukee Irish Fest (US), Dayton Irish Fest (US), Cleveland Irish Fest (US), Iowa Irish Fest (US) Shrewsbury Folk Fest (UK), Mariposa Folk Fest (CA), Stan Rogers Folk Fest (CA), among others.
You can see The Fitzgeralds performance on the Nathan Carter Christmas Show HERE!