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Scott Woods and band will be ‘Fiddlin’ Around’

Scott Woods brings his new show ‘Fiddlin’ Around’ to the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

For a guy who figures he’s only halfway through his career, winning a lifetime achievement award was unexpected.
The Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association presented Scott Woods with a lifetime achievement award at their recent competition.
“They felt I had done so much for fiddling in general already that it was a lifetime’s worth of achievement already,” Woods said. “It was a shock and it was very humbling.”
“It was just a real honour. There are so many good fiddlers out there doing a lot of things, who have been doing it a long time.”
With that impressive piece of hardware added to his collection, Woods is on the road touring his new show Fiddlin’ Around across the country.
Woods is at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25.
The two-hour Fiddlin’ Around show is filled with popular tunes in the style of Don Messer, Graham Townsend and Al Cherny, as well as traditional country and gospel songs.
“It’s a fun show,” Woods said May 14 in a telephone interview from Dryden, Ont., where he was preparing for a show. “We’ve got a lot of great talent with me on the stage.”
Woods’ sister Kendra Norris will play fiddle, accordion and piano, and also sings.
Twenty-one-year-old Naomi Bristow, known as Canada’s Yodellin’ Cowgirl, is touring with the band this year.
“She is such a sweetheart, and she sings like an angel,” Woods said, who compares Bristow to the legendary Dolly Parton, who is as nice off the stage as she is on the stage.
Guitar player Steve Pittico is back with the band, as is 14-year-old Leo (Spaghetti Legs) Stock, a Canadian step dance champion, fiddler, singer and drummer.
Fiddlin’ Around will also feature lots of homespun humour, Kendra Woods’ Minnie Pearl impersonation, and Leo Stock takes an unexpected turn as a dancing squirrel.
Scott Woods will show why he is known as “The Flippin’ Fiddler” as he fiddles behind his back, while performing a summersault and while rolling a barrel across the stage.
“It’s a really fun show,” Woods said. “It’s such a fast-paced show. It’s a fun show to play.”
Fans will hear Bristow sing popular songs such as Hey Good Lookin’, Rocktyop, Coat of Many Colours and Family Bible.
Stock will sing a new gospel song titled At the Feet of God, which Woods said has a beautiful melody and a great message.
Woods will perform new songs titled Fiddlin’ Around the Blues and Sandy’s Song, which he wrote for his dog.
There will be one of Woods’ trusty story songs titled Train of Life, in which an instrumental version of Wabash Cannonball backs an inspirational story.
“It’s kind of a mixture of some newer tunes but some old respected ones as well,” Woods said of the show Fiddlin’ Around.
A lot of the songs are on the new CD Fiddlin’ Around.