Canadian / Yukon
Date: Sunday, July 8th at 1:00pm 2017
Location: Beach Stage
Known as the “Flying Gwitch’in Fiddler”, traditional fiddler and commercial pilot Boyd Benjamin comes from a long line of fine Gwitch’in musicians. As Boyd says, “my grandfather Peter Benjamin was a fiddler. Fiddling is in my blood already, I see myself continuing to pass it on”. Boyd’s family immersion in the fiddle music of the north combined with formal training in school, eventually leading him to develop an extensive repertoire that features a staggering gamut of songs, styles, and techniques. His performing highlights include performing with musicians Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ashley MacIsaac, Fred Penner and Tom Jackson, as well as performing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Boyd’s captivating and energetic stage presence is infused with charm and grace that forges instant fondness. His lively tunes lift spirits.