The STEP Fiddlers

The STEP Fiddlers are a group of fine young fiddle players, ranging in age from six to sixteen, drawn mostly from the students of the Suzuki Talent Education Program (STEP) in St. John’s. Christina Smith founded the group in 1982 to give give young Newfoundlanders an opportunity to learn their own traditional music. Currently directed by Carole Bestvater, the STEP Fiddlers continue this rich tradition, while incorporating tunes from across Canada and around the world. The STEP Fiddlers have been featured performers at the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, the Canadian Folk Music Awards Gala, and the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, and have brought Newfoundland music to Ontario, England, and Northern Ireland. Over the years the group has released two CDs: “Galing for a Storm” and “Fiddling in the Fog.”