The main focus of the Black Swan Fiddlers is Celtic Music. It is the folk music primarily of Ireland and Scotland to which we add a spoonful of traditional Canadian and French Canadian tunes. Traditional music is essentially dance music so the emphasis is on jigs, polkas and reels with a strong beat. In the cultures where this music is popular it is played in the kitchen, the pub, the parish hall , and the recreation centre. It was always a participatory inclusive art form.
In the last two decades traditional Celtic music has become very popular. This has been driven by the success of such bands as the Chieftains who more than any other group have established traditional Celtic music as a sophisticated art form. In North America, there has been a trend away from the participatory playing of small groups in informal settings to performances by highly polished bands. The audience has become more passive listeners than active participants.
The Black Swan Fiddlers main aim is to carry on the tradition of providing quality music in local settings bringing people together to celebrate weddings, birthdays, funerals and life in general. It is all about building community.
For the musicians, learning and playing Celtic music is like having a treasure chest full of gems. Each one needs to be polished and held high in the light so it can shine. Most of the tunes are very old having been handed down from generation to generation. They have stood the test of time. Even a life time of exploring this rich treasure does not exhaust the beauty to be found there.