Meet the Fitzgeralds ~ a family group featuring 3-time Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions- Tom, Kerry and Julie Fitzgerald. They are joined by their parents, Pam and Paddy as well as guitarist and lead vocalist Nate Douglas. The band presents a program of music and dance which reflects their distinct Canadian culture- namely the rich tradition of Canadian old-time fiddling and Ottawa-Valley step dancing.
This family’s musical journey began early in life as they studied the unique style that evolved with Irish, Scottish and French immigrants. Over time, they have developed their art form to include various styles of fiddle music including Celtic, jazz, bluegrass, French-Canadian, and pop. They have also explored other forms of dance including tap and Irish. The siblings continue to push boundaries by fusing traditional and modern styles of fiddle and dance to create their own unique sound and style. Their creativity and passion for experimentation has led them to compose original tunes and arrangements.
At a very young age, the siblings amazed audiences with their precision and sense of musicality. They spent their early years competing at fiddle and step dance competitions across Ontario which provided them with a stage on which to hone their craft. Over the years, they have passionately pursued their goals in music, which has opened the doors to many enriching experiences.
Individually, the musicians in the group have had very successful solo careers. Highlights include performances with: Leahy, Natalie McMaster, Cherish the Ladies, Bowfire, The StepCrew, Ireland’s Sharon Shannon, Carlos Nunez, Solas, Liz Carroll, We Banjo 3, World-Fest, Silver Dollar City, Branson MO.
These spirited young performers are noted for their polished performances and provide wholesome, captivating entertainment for a diverse audience. Performing in theatres, on festival stages, at fairs and exhibitions as well as corporate and fund-raising events and outreach programs in schools, Everything Fitz has received glowing reviews from promoters, organizers and fans across Canada and the United States.
“The Fitzgeralds succeeded in captivating the Border Concert audience with their enthusiasm, warmth and stunning abilities as musicians and dancers. They were given a rousing, well-earned standing ovation…”
“The precision and intricacy of their footwork was breathtaking and the complex choreography left many in the audience shaking their heads in amazement.”
“… keep them on the list to come back!”
“…this was a fun, uplifting, and inspirational performance!”
“… one of the best programs we have had.”
Various Presenters- Allied Concert Services (2009-2010)
” The Fitzgerald Family are standout musicians in our Canadian music industry, but more importantly in the long standing Ontario fiddle and [step] dance traditions. The calibre of musicianship is very high- the best according to many experts in the fiddle/dance competition world. I think together they are a beautiful blend of gorgeous fiddle music, and top rate, absolutely exhilarating dance routines.” -NATALIE MacMASTER