U.P. fiddler to perform at Second Sunday

AMASA—U.P. fiddler and step dancer Carrie Dlutkowski will present a special concert on Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Second Sunday Folk Dance.
     Opening acts White Water (Dean and Bette Premo) and Steve Kickert will warm up the crowd. The concert and folk dance is held at the Fortune Lake Camp in Crystal Falls and starts at 4 p.m. CT.  After the concert, the Front Parlor Dance Band and dance caller Steve Kickert provide dance music and instruction until 7.
    Dlutkowski is a regular presence at the Second Sunday event, playing with White Water for the past nine years. She plays a mixture of Canadian and American fiddle repertoire, including traditional and contemporary airs, waltzes, reels, and swing tunes. Her expressive playing flows from stunning technical abilities and a true love of music-making. Her percussive step-dancing consistently evokes enthusiastic audience ovations. A passion for the fiddle music of Canada will anchor Dlutkowski’s concert and take the audience on a musical exploration of the influence of Scottish, French-Canadian, and Métis fiddle styles.
    Born and raised in the Keweenaw Peninsula, Dlutkowski grew up playing violin in classical and traditional styles. In recent years, she has studied with some of the biggest names in Canadian fiddling and step dancing, including Natalie MacMaster, Calvin Vollrath, Patti Kusturok, and members of The Fitzgeralds and Leahy. Part of a musical family herself, Dlutkowski and her sister Emma collaborated with their mother Susan to produce the full-length CD “Still Winter Here” and have recorded a new CD to be released later this year.
    Admission is $7 per adult. Children 15 and under are admitted free.  
    The remaining lineup of guest musicians for the 33rd season includes Gina Forsyth (March 11) and Joel Mabus (April 8).
    To sponsor the SSFD with a tax-deductible donation, contact Bette Premo at 906-822-7889. A full season schedule is available at www.secondsundayfolkdance.com.