The official e-newsletter of The Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association (CGMFA-ACGMV)

Fall 2023

Interview with Kyle Charron, 2023 CGM Champion

Describe the experience in Truro.  How were you feeling about competing and what was special about winning?

When I heard the CGM was being hosted in Truro, I was excited to accept the invitation to compete so close to home. It was the perfect host community for the first time the contest was held in Nova Scotia, and it was a great display of the hospitality that the Maritimes are known for. A huge thank you to the organization committee, and to all of the volunteers and sponsors who supported the event.

After several years away from competing some nerves were inevitable, but that is part of the excitement of competition. It made it even more memorable to have my brother Jake accompany me on piano. It was an inspiring weekend to hear some of the best fiddle music from across Canada, and it was great to connect with old friends and make new friends as well.

What are you up to now?  Where are you living?

Since moving to Halifax, I have been working as a Systems Designer for 3D Audio Visual Solutions, and playing music as much as possible. Growing up competing in fiddle contests connected me to some amazing people across Canada, and Nova Scotia was no exception. Everyone is very welcoming here, and I felt at home right away. While I am a relatively new Bluenoser, I was honoured to represent Nova Scotia at this year's contest.

What lies in store musically over the next year?

I have a couple of projects in mind once I have a chance to put pen to paper. I will also be doing some teaching, and I look forward to upcoming jam sessions, festivals, and events throughout the Maritimes. I am also excited about the prospect of attending CGM 2024 in Yukon.