Famed fiddler Matthew Piché returns to Manitoulin

Matthew Piché will be performing two concerts on the Island next week at St. Francis Anglican Chuch in Mindemoya.

MINDEMOYA—He’s back! It has been three years since Matthew Piché has been on the Island to do a concert, and a lot of things have happened during that time.

Those of you who were at his last concert on Manitoulin might remember that Mr. Piché had to rush off to catch the ferry to go to a job interview. Well, he got the job and is now the department head of a flourishing music program in Waterloo. His orchestra won Platinum at this year’s Kiwanis Festival. Mr. Piché has also played a solo with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and his group performed on stage as guests of the KWS. Matthew takes his passion for music into the classroom as well as onto the stage.

He has also been performing with the up-and-coming county artist, Eric Ethridge, whose first release, ‘Liquor’s Callin’ the Shots’ has made it to the top 40 on the Canadian Country charts. This has allowed Mr. Piché to perform on a regular basis to show off his fine fiddling.

Also, since his last concert on Manitoulin, Mr. Piché is now married to his beautiful wife Emily. Although Emily is a French teacher, she is also a fine musician. The Pichés play at weddings and do music at their church. She will be joining Matthew and his dad Rick onstage for a few songs.

As usual, this concert will feature Matthew’s fast and fantastic fiddling, with dad Rick on guitar and vocals and a special appearance by Emily. It promises to be a fun evening for the whole family.

The two concerts will take place on Wednesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 pm at St. Francis Anglican Church, Mindemoya. Tickets are $15 at the door or may be reserved by calling 705-210-0409.