TOPSHAM — Join Fiddle-icious, a non-profit, all-volunteer community orchestra with members from Kittery to Augusta, as they take to local stages in the next two weekends.

The first concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, at Orion Performing Arts Center, 66 Republic Ave, Topsham, followed by a show at 2 p.m. Sunday, at South Portland High School Auditorium, 637 Highland Ave.

Additional shows will be performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 28, at McCormack Performing Arts Center, 41 Morrill Ave., Gorham, and 2 p.m. Oct. 29, at Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston.
Fiddle-icious is a large group of Maine musicians playing fiddle, piano, harp, guitar, banjo, accordion, cello, tin whistle, concertina, mandolin, flute, bagpipes and upright bass. Its tunes are passed on from the Irish, Scottish, Quebecois and Acadian traditions and include reels, jigs, marches, hornpipes, waltzes, step-dancing and singing.

Directed by Don Roy, a designated Master Fiddler from Gorham, and hailed as a “living cultural treasure,” Fiddle-icious brings its unique brand of energy and joy to the stage for its 14th season. Keeping the heartbeat of the group even and steady on piano is Don’s wife and musical partner, Cindy Roy.

Both Don and Cindy grew up in French-Canadian families, where music was an integral part of their lives. They continue to share their knowledge, foster community, and provide a place for musicians and audiences alike to take part in the ageless spirit of the old-fashioned kitchen party, keeping the musical heritage alive and well for future generations.

Fiddle-icious is proud to share the stage with the likes of Erica and Matt Shipman. Erica honed her fiddling skills as a youngster with Don and Cindy in the Maine French Fiddlers. Today, she and husband, Matt, a versatile man of many instruments, teach and perform around the country. Together they are known as Darlin’ Corey, and are ready to delight the Fiddle-icious audience with their nuanced styles and rhythm.

Speaking of rhythm, Claude Bonang will also join the orchestra, displaying a prowess on a timeless instrument known as the bones, as well as many other unusual instruments. Claude, who is 86 years young, truly embodies the Fiddle-icious spirit, as he began learning about his various instruments once he retired from teaching.

Rounding out the special guests is brother-sister duo, Rossby and Elsie Arnott. Although they are young, 12 and 10 respectively, their musical presence belies their age.
CDs will be available for purchase at each performance location.

Tickets are available at the door for all shows, $5 students and $10 adults ($13 and $15 at the Gendron Franco Center). Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are also available at www.fiddleicious.com.

For Gendron Franco Center ticket reservations only, call 689-2000.

For more information, call 879-2244 or email [email protected].