3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions set to perform at Peace Arch Park this weekend


3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions play at the Peace Arch International Concert Series on Sunday, August 14. The band consists of Kristian Bugge, left, Ruthie Dornfeld, center, and Jamie Fox, right. Photo by 3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions.

By Stefanie Donahue

Musicians from 3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions are set to hit the stage at the Peace Arch International Concert Series this weekend. Prepare for a blend of traditional fiddle tunes with a groovy and educational twist.

The performance is a part of a series hosted by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk Arts in the Parks Program and begins at 2 p.m. this Sunday, August 14 at Peace Arch Park. The event is free and open to the public.

The musicians each have years of experience, and each specializes in a certain style and tradition.

The music group formed in 2013, shortly after musicians Jamie Fox and Kristian Bugge met for the first time at a music event in Port Townsend. Now, the band is comprised of three members and includes expert fiddle player Ruthie Dornfeld.

Fox has 15 years’ experience playing the fiddle. As a girl on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana she learned how to play traditional Métis fiddle music. The style is a blend of Celtic, French and Native American culture.

Bugge is a professionally trained, award-winning fiddle musician from Denmark who specializes in traditional Danish music.

The final member of 3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions, Dornfeld, is a master at playing old-time American, Celtic and Scandinavian folk-style fiddle music. According to Fox, “She can play any style and play it well.”

Since forming 3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions, Fox said they have toured to locations in Montana, Washington and Idaho. They plan to release a CD this fall.

The Peace Arch International Concert Series is in its 10th year and is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation. Concerts are scheduled through the month of August.

To learn more about the Peace Arch International Concert Series, visit peacearchpark.org or parks.state.wa.us/folkarts.

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