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and featuring music by the Tartan Players

Formed in the fall of 2005, The Tartan Players are a 4-5 piece Scottish Country Dance Band, comprised of Piano, violin, flute/whistle and sometimes bass. With their lively playing and signature sound, they have rapidly become a sought after group. They have played at over 80 events: from formal Scottish Country dances, youth dance and informal ceilidhs to weddings and private parties throughout the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island , and as far away as Hawaii. The names of the band members for this event include: Deborah Jones on fiddle, Lukasz Wieczorek on fiddle, Carole Berger on flute and tin whistle, Julie Smith on piano and Joe Condie on bass.

Deborah Jones: Deborah began playing fiddle for traditional dancing (international and Scandinavian) in 1981. Since 1986, she has played in one of Vancouver’s Scandinavian traditional dance bands, Gammel Dansk. In 1990, she attended a concert featuring Alasdair Fraser and Concerto Amabile. This inspired her to join the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra, which immersed her into Scottish Country dance music. She joined the Tartan Players in 2012 and loves the small-ensemble playing. She is a retired librarian and has worked as a volunteer Rain Gardens Co-ordinator since 2006.

Carole Berger: Carole grew up in a musical household, and the enjoyment of high school band led to studies at the University of Calgary, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree. A chance encounter with Traditional Irish music, some 20 years ago, and then classes in Scottish Country dancing progressed to her combining both interests-playing with various groups for Scottish, Irish and Contra dance events in the Vancouver area. Carole has honed her skills at Traditional music workshops in Boston, Goderich, Vancouver and Washington State. You might catch her playing a few tunes on the button accordion, when she performs weekly at the Irish Heather in Gastown.

Lukasz Wieczorek: Lukasz started playing violin at the age of 8, studying classical music,and eventually receiving his ARCT in Violin Performance. Musical highlights include travelling with the West Coast Fiddlers to Scotland in 2008, and playing in the International Youth Symphony Orchestra in Bremen, Germany in 2010. Lukasz is currently the viola section leader of the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra, and also plays in pit orchestras for local musical theatre productions.

Julie Smith: If you asked Julie Smith about her life she would probably say: “Music is my life!” And is, whether playing the piano (from classical lessons as a child, to playing for church, and for the last 15 years playing Scottish Country Dance music), directing choirs at both church and in the schools, and teaching music in the public school system. She has attended Pearl Holmberg workshops, in Vancouver, two Dance Masters Workshops for Teachers and Musicians in Sonoma, California, and TAC Summer School musicians’ workshops in order to develop the technique required to play for dancing. Julie has been invited to play for many workshops in the Vancouver area and Vancouver Island and plays for the Tartan Players. As a dancer herself, she know how important the music is to good dancing.

Joseph Condie: AT University of Calgary, Joe was founding produce and music director of their musical theatre. After a four year stint in the Calgary Philharmonic, he moved to Vancouver, earned his B.Mus., and spent four years playing wind music for the Renaissance on period instruments.  Ceasing music as an occupation, he continues to play folk-dance music with a variety of bands including Gammel Dansk.