The Fireside Fiddlers were formed by local fiddler Patrick Ross a couple of years ago for the purpose of producing a CD to benefit construction costs at the Tillotson Center. Ross invited all the regional fiddlers he knew to come to his living room in Groveton and record old-time fiddle tunes. What resulted was a recording filled with over 20 tunes ranging from “Red Wing” to “The Tennessee Waltz.” The Fireside Fiddlers holds the distinction of having been the very first musical group to perform on the stage at the Tillotson Center when it debuted its CD live in July 2011. Those CDs have enjoyed brisk sales since and copies are still available at Fiddleheads gift shop in Colebrook.
Tickets for the Dec. 8 CD debut concert by the Fireside Fiddlers at the Tillotson Center are $12 and on sale at Fiddleheads and Aime’s Hallmark, both on Main Street in Colebrook. The event is co-sponsored by the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts and the Tillotson Center and also launches a new series at the center designed to recreate a coffeehouse. Plans currently call for additional groups to play in coming months in the informal setting in the first floor gallery, where food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to assisting both organizations as they continue to provide programming and a quality facility for the region.
For more information about the coffeehouse series and a list of upcoming shows as it becomes available, you can visit www.tillotsoncenter.org or www.gnwca.org.