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Scott Woods and band will be ‘Fiddling Up A Storm’

Scott Woods, his sister Kendra Norris and their award-winning musical friends hit the stage of the Empress Theatre on Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Scott Woods returns to Fort Macleod on Friday, May 25 with a harrowing tale about a storm.
Woods, who is known as “That Flippin’ Fiddler” for the stunts he performs while playing the fiddle, presents his show Fiddling Up A Storm at 7 p.m. at the Empress Theatre.
In true Woods fashion of supporting local causes with his concerts a portion of the proceeds will go to the Empress Theatre Society.
“We’re looking forward to it,” Woods said of performing on the stage of the historic theatre. “I understand it’s a beautiful theatre with great acoustics. It’s great to have a group that keeps such a historic theatre going in the community.”
In past years Woods have performed at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall, which had more seats to accommodate the huge crowds drummed up by organizer Harvey Bourassa and his team in support of Holy Cross Church.
With Bourassa retired from the role of concert organizer, Woods needed a ready venue and found one in the Empress Theatre.
Woods’ new show has roots in a family tale about his maternal grandfather Carl Dyer and his harrowing survival of a huge storm brought by Hurricane Hazel near the family’s home town of Fergus, Ont. in 1954.
Dyer was on his way home from Toronto, where he worked through the week, when he got stuck in traffic on the Humber River bridge.
Dyer watched in horror as the water quickly rose due to a break in a dam upsteam. His car was among others pushed off the bridge into the raging river.
When his car got stuck in a small cherry tree Dyer quickly scrambled out. Moments later the car was washed away, leaving Dyer clinging to the tree until he was rescued.
Dyer and the family later learned three other people whose cars were washed off the bridge died in the flood.
Ariel, Woods’ grandmother, was inspired to write a poem about the flood.
“We always knew that story but we didn’t know the poem existed until after my grandmother passed away,” Woods said.
The audience will hear that poem on Friday, backed up by the tune The Water Is Wide.
A more recent tragedy that saw a child washed out of his mother’s grip when they were caught in a flood influenced Fiddling Up A Storm.
“The weather is quite a phenomenon,” Woods said. “A lot of people don’t realize the power of a big storm.”
Fiddling Up A Storm is a two-hour show featuring Canadian old-time fiddle music, traditional country and western swing and country gospel.
Tunes audiences will hear at the show and on the accompanying CD include Two-Step Polka, Rosie’s Waltz, Sir John S.D. Thompson Jig, Wellington County Breakdown, Bandura, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Grand River Waltz, Blue Tango and Donegal Reel.
In addition to the music audiences are treated to family-friendly humor, step dancing, inspirational stories and Woods’ famous trick fiddling.
Woods is joined on stage by an awarding winning array of performers that includes his sister Kendra Norris, guitarist Steve Piticco, drummer Bill Carruthers, bass player Pete Sisk and 13-year-old step dancer Leo Stock.
“We love to play,” Woods said. “When we hit the stage and there is that connection amongst the band and with the audience it’s something very special.”

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