The director at the Canton Theatre said he is thrilled to have the local venue in the lead role for this tour, which ends in Elkin, W.Va., on July 5.
“I was immediately attracted to the group” said Canton Theatre manager Bob Seguin Sr. “They are a fantastic group for any age to see.”
Playing a mix of American folk fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing, and Celtic music, the Saline Fiddlers’ goal is to present an amplified and energetic show every time they step on stage.
Their ever-growing repertoire includes many pieces composed or arranged by an artistic team led by their artistic director, Ben Culver.
The group of young adults represents the positive side of today’s youth, while also reflecting the rural traditions of their hometown of Saline, Mich., according to their website.
The Saline Fiddlers consists of students from Saline High School and each of the 27 spots in the group was earned through competitive auditions based on “musical ability and personal integrity.”
Seguin also believes that the youthfulness of the Saline Fiddlers will reach out to demographics that are not usually accustomed to coming to the theater.
“It will bring young people into the theater to see what people can do in fine arts,” said Seguin.
The Saline Fiddlers have already played more than 1,000 performances all over the United States and abroad.
Locations for some of their performances were the White House, on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and at the State of Michigan’s Presidential Inaugural Ball.
In 2009, the Fiddlers toured Germany, gaining many new European fans with an appreciation for what they call a “very American style of music.”
Other recent domestic tours by the Saline Fiddlers have included New York City, Boston, California, Nevada, Florida, and multiple other Southeastern states (where Bluegrass was born).
The Saline Fiddlers have released recordings since 1996, with the sale profits helping to finance the organization. They typically release a new recording every two years.
One aspect that the Saline Fiddlers feel is especially gratifying is the increasing number of student fiddle organizations starting around the country.
The Saline Fiddlers are a nonprofit music education and performance organization that started in 1994.
They are supported by hours of volunteer labor, donations from fans and sponsors, sales of recordings and fees for performing.