VANCOUVER 2010 OPENING CEREMONY // Rhythms of the Fall

This tribute to the fiddling traditions of Canada as well as French Canadians, particularly those of the Maritime Provinces, began with the appearance of the horned fiddler in a flying canoe, a reference to the story of the Chasse-galerie. As the canoe descended from the ceiling, the opening of the song “The Old Ways” was performed by Loreena McKennitt. Fiddler/aerialist Colin Maier duelled with his shadow that appears on the moon. The stage was here covered with big red maple leaves. The song played during this sequence is the start of “The Old Ways”, There were six lead “Hero Fiddlers” on the centre stage, Andre Brunet, Daniel Lapp, Sierra Noble, Samantha Robichard, April Verch and Ashley MacIsaac. A tap dancer called a river to encircle the main podium. Dance by Brock Jellison At some point in this section, Calvin Vollrath who was sitting next to the orchestra, performed “Fiddle Nation”, a tune he’d composed. This portion of the ceremony was concluded by Ashley MacIsaac who performed his version of the traditional nineteenth century strathspey “Devil in the Kitchen”

9 Year Old Fiddler – Mikayla Roach – Orange Blossom Special

9 year old fiddler Mikayla Roach playing the world famous fiddle tune The Orange Blossom Special. Here Mikayla is playing a custom made 5 string fiddle made especially for her by Chuck Jones of Vandalia, IL. Mikayla started playing violin when she was 6 and currently has a band that plays across the Midwest, but mostly in Illinois. She also plays lead for the house band at the Seminary School House in Central Illinois every Saturday night. Featured also in this video are two of her band members; Russ Rench on Mandolin and Bruce “Swamp” Wiess on guitar. As a side note, Swamp was a member of the band of Alison Krauss and played all lead guitar on her first album. If you want a copy of the sheet music version that Mikayla started composing her version of Orange Blossom Special from, download it at