Monday July 28, 2014

Fiddle champ coming to town


Multiple Canadian Fiddle Champion Scott Woods and his band will soon be in the area to deliver an authentic live tribute to Don Messer’s Jubilee – one of the most popular TV shows in Canadian history.

Woods, a two-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and two-time Canadian Open Fiddle Champion and Fiddle Entertainer of the Year does more than just play fiddle tunes.  He likens his show to that of Don Messer’s Jubilee that ran on CBC from 1957 to 1969.

“Basically what Don Messer did and what we do is an old time variety show,” explains Woods, “similar to what they used to do on the radio or on television in the early days. They’d have singing and then an instrumental and then some dancing and some comedy.”  

Woods was the musical director and played the part of Don Messer for seven years with “Memories of Don Messer’s Jubilee’ that toured extensively throughout Canada. He was also the headline act that launched the Don Messer Centennial Celebrations that took place in Harvey NB in 2009.

Woods loves his main audience; families and seniors. “We meet some truly wonderful people,” he says. “They’re very appreciative and love what we’re doing and that makes us feel good.    You don’t have to be a fiddle fan to enjoy the show. It’s good, clean fun that you can be proud to take your grandkids or grandparents to.”

Woods and his band perform up to 150 concerts every year, most of which are fundraisers supporting churches, charities and other community service groups.  “My dad always taught us to give back whenever we could,” Scott recalls.  “We hope to continue doing this for many years to come.”

Scott Woods Old Time Jubilee reunites Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion Scott Wood (as Don Messer), Cape Breton Tenor Tommy Leadbeater (as Charlie Chamberlain) and East Coast Music Award Winner Bruce Timmins (as Cecil McEachern). Also featured are the Velvet Vocals of Lynda Lewis (as Marg Osborne) and Canadian Open Step Dance Champion Kyle Waymouth in a two-hour masterful performance honouring the days when Don Messer and his Islanders ruled the airwaves. The fast paced, uplifting show delights audiences of all ages with old time fiddle music, sensational step dancing, trick fiddling, family humour and more.

Scott Woods Old Time Jubilee will be presented in Yorkton on Thursday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 380 Broadway St W. Tickets are only $25 for adults & $10 for children and are available at the Legion or by calling toll free 1-855-SCOTTWOODS (1-855-726-8896). Complete tour schedule is available at



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