Everything Fitz will kick off this year's NICS concert series with a performance Saturday at Port Hardy's Civic Centre.

Everything Fitz to kick off concert series

NICS kicks off its 15th season this weekend with the step-dancing and multi-instrumental showmanship of Everything Fitz.

PORT HARDY—In their show last spring in Port Hardy, members of the band Headwater drew chuckles from the audience — and cringes from North Island Concert Society and Port Hardy Lions Club directors — when they poked fun at the creaky and uneven stage at the Civic Centre.

When NICS kicks off its 15th season this weekend, they’ll feature a new stage — and just the group to judge its worthiness.

Everything Fitz, a family fiddling act featuring step-dancing and multi-instrumental showmanship, opens the new season with a show Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Ontario-based group, comprised of four 20-something siblings backed by their parents on bass and keyboards, will showcase their quick-stepping on a smooth, seamless stage floor, build this summer through an NICS-secured grant and assistance from the District of Port Hardy and the Lions Club.

Julie, Kerry and Tom Fitzgerald are all champion fiddlers, and older brother Pat plays drums — and occasionally steps forward to join in the dancing or to grab another instrument for one of the group’s novelty numbers. Parents Pam and Paddy round out the rhythm section.

Everything Fitz is grounded in the old-time fiddle tradition of traditional and Celtic jigs and reels, but the family’s show covers a wide range of musical genres and styles, including jazz and swing standards, gospel and bluegrass.

At various points, you may see a fiddle or two put aside in favour of a mandolin, guitar and even, if space in their touring van permits, a cello.

The group’s current tour is being held in conjunction with the release last month of its Everything Fitz Live CD-DVD package.

They have received rave reviews at the start of the tour on the West Coast of the U.S., and Saturday’s show comes in the middle of a two-week swing through B.C. before they return to the States for shows in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Northern California.

Tickets are $25 and are available in advance at Port Hardy Museum and Cafe Guido in Port Hardy, at The Flower Shoppe in Port McNeill, and in Port Alice by calling Gail Neely at 250-284-3927.

Additional info on the concert society is available at www.niconcert.ca. Everything Fitz can be found at everythingfitz.ca.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: North Island Peewee Eagles unleash avalanche of goals against Peninsula in semi-final showdown

The two teams squared up on Sunday morning at the Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill.

North Island Seniors Housing Foundation takes the next step towards getting Trustee Road land

Seniors rejoice, Port Hardy council is very much in favour of helping… Continue reading

Port Hardy Volleyball club requests funding from Port Hardy council

The sport of Volleyball is alive and well in the North Island,… Continue reading

Should aquaculture programs be offered at North Island College in Port Hardy?

“I think it would be very timely to have an aquaculture program”

Island Health issues press release regarding Port Alice Health Centre service changes

Island Health will be hosting a community meeting in Port Alice Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in the rec centre.

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

Steelhead LNG stops work on Kwispaa LNG project near Bamfield

Huu-ay-aht First Nations ‘deeply disappointed; Steelhead says funding is the problem

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

‘Violent’ B.C. man wanted on Canada-wide warrant

Prince George man with ties to Vernon sought by police

Most Read