Annual Workshop & Dance
Skills for Backing up Singers & Fiddlers

Workshop & Dance CANCELLED
due to COVID-19

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Kingsway Legion: 14339-50 Street, Edmonton AB

Workshops: 12 – 2:30 pm

and instrument setup at 11:00 am

Guitar Accompaniment For Fiddlers Or Singers

  1. Smooth starts- counting in a tune
  2. Managing the beat- strumming or chording patterns for various tempos and rhythms
  3. Tips backing up singers vs fiddlers
  4. When to embellish and when to stick to basics

Fiddle Accompaniment Of Singers

  1. Smooth starts:
    • Counting in tunes of various tempos
    • Tagging in the tempo and key for the singer
  2. Learning to play fills when there is a break in the vocals
  3. Tips regarding fiddlers and singers on stage together
  4. Playing for dancers- length of time; tempo or speed


WROTFA members (Workshop Only)$25Register Now
Non-members (Workshop Only)$30Register Now
Under 18s (Workshop Only)$20Register Now
WROTFA members (Workshop & Dance Only)$35Register Now
Non-members (Workshop & Dance Only)$40Register Now
Dance only (Adult)$15Register Now
Dance only (Under 18s)FreeRegister Now


Following the workshops, dance to the music of Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers and other talented players from the 2020 Workshop groups led by Marten Borch.


A light snack during the workshop is covered in the registration fees. The Legion Canteen will be open for meals, snacks and beverages, including alcohol.


Allison was born in Brandon, MB into a very musical family. She began classical training at the age of 4 and at 13 years old was teaching the Fantasy Fiddlers at the Brandon University.

At age 16, Allison moved to Calgary to join the group Barrage with whom she travelled the world. has shared the stage with such notables as Jann Arden, Reba McEntire, Keith Urban and Ashley MacIsaac to name a few. Allison has performed live for numerous dignitaries and leaders of state and even our Troops abroad in places like Afghanistan, Bosnia, Dubai and the North Pole.

She took home the CCMA Award for “Fiddler of the Year” in 2013 as a part of Gord Bamford’s Band. In 2016, she was inducted into the Wall of Fame in Manitoba.

Marten is a multi-instrumentalist who was raised on fiddle music. He's a full time musician whose goal is to share his love of music with the world. He began playing music at age 6, and began performing in a band with his brothers at age 8.

Since then they've played across Alberta in every kind of venue you can imagine. He teaches and performs with various instruments but his passion is for the guitar.

One sure way to know that he loves what he does, is the smile on his face as soon as he picks up an instrument.

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