It's a family affair

By Kassidy Christensen

March 21, 2017 12:00 AM

FIDDLIN' AROUND The Fitzgerald family, known as Everything Fitz, will be playing the Vic Juba Thursday. SUPPLIED PHOTO

The Lloydminster Concert Series Association (LCSA) will be welcoming Everything Fitz at the Vic Juba Community Theatre March 23.
Everything Fitz is a group made of siblings Tom, Julie and Kerry Fitzgerald, who all play fiddle and step dance.
Accompanying the siblings are their parents Pam, on piano, and Paddy, on bass, and the one non-family member joining the Fitzgerald family on guitar is Kyle Waymouth, who also step dances.
The LCSA presents a series of six concerts that offer a variety of entertainment for attendees, and the upcoming performance marks their fifth of six shows.
Tom Fitzgerald, the youngest member of the family, spoke with the Source over the phone while at a tour stop in sunny California and said the show is pretty diverse.
“We like to think there’s something for everyone,” Fitzgerald said.
Don Newlin, committee member with LCSA, said Everything Fitz is a performance that would be a great family show.
Newlin has seen the group perform in the past and was impressed with the high energy and musical energy of the performance.
Fitzgerald said the siblings grew up playing old time Canadian fiddle music and East Coast fiddle music, and have expanded to do some bluegrass, swing and more modern Celtic.
“It’s very high energy … you always look around at the audience and people are always tapping or dancing in their seats,” Fitzgerald said.
Having grown up with musical parents and music around the house, Fitzgerald said the siblings started taking lessons fairly young, around six or seven years old.
“We all took a liking to fiddle especially and the dancing, we competed in contests and we did well for years, we competed so we were just kind of motivated to always keep practising,” Fitzgerald said.
Their performing has earned them titles such as three-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions.
Fitzgerald said eventually people started asking them to play at different events.
“Mom and Dad were good at getting us out there in front of people and not just playing at our house by ourselves,” he said.
Everything Fitz kept growing and now tours across Canada and the U.S. Fitzgerald said the band has been touring for the past 10 years. 
While touring with family, Fitzgerald said, you have to be close and work together, “and if not then we don’t get to do what we love,” but added they all get along pretty well and are planning on touring into the future.
Performing with family makes for a special connection.
“People comment on that all the time just the fact that we are siblings playing instruments together, there’s a connection that people can feel out in the audience,” Fitzgerald said.
Everything Fitz has yet to perform in the Border City, but has played plenty in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
“That’s probably our most-travelled provinces, more so than Ontario, we’ve probably played as much in Saskatchewan and Alberta as we have around home (Ontario),” he said.
Tickets are available through the Vic Juba Community Theatre website at www.vicjubatheatre.ca or at the Box Office from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Adult tickets are $30, and $5 for students of any age.

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