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Fiddle, stepdance champs to perform in CF

CRYSTAL FALLS—Three-time Canadian Grandmaster fiddle champions and Ontario Open Step Dance champions, the Fitzgeralds ,will take to the stage at the Crystal Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 19.
    Tom, Kerry and Julie Fitzgerald, from just outside of Canada’s renowned Ottawa Valley, have come a long way from their small-town roots.
    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.
    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.
    This event is part of the Gem of a Season Series. Tickets are available online at TheCrystalTheatre.org, the Iron County Chamber of Commerce in Iron River, Ben Franklin in Crystal Falls and Music Tree in Iron Mountain.