Fiddle-playing familyWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hunt family is close
— real close.
“Our family still lives in a three-bedroom house — five boys live in one room, and the girls have their own room. All seven share one bathroom,” said Sandy Hunt from her home in Chesapeake, Va.
Sandy and her husband, Clint, lead the Hunt Family Fiddlers — twins Jessica and Jennifer, 17; Joshua, 15; Jonathan, 13; Jordan, 12; Justin, 10 and Jamison, 8.
The nine-member ensemble is tight.
“Everyone in the family except my husband plays the violin and dances,” Hunt said. Clint plays guitar.
“When we got together, we put the violin and guitar together and started to stroll at restaurants and play weddings and store openings, and it just grew from there,” Hunt said.
When the twins made the duo a quartet, interest doubled.
“After the girls played a dinner with us, the phone calls came in asking if the girls can come out and perform again,” Hunt said. “They were very popular with how young they were [age 10] and how good they were.”
Josh wanted to play guitar like his father, but was told to learn violin first. He did — and started step dancing — and joined the act.
“The next two boys thought everyone got a violin when they were born in the family,” Hunt said. “So I got them their violins and I’ve been going since.
“Everyone loves to hear the fiddling. I’ve trained them on classical violin, but they are also trained on fiddle,” she said. “They could sit down and play a classical wedding and then go to a hoedown.”
The nine have been performing together since 2002.
“My one son [Jonathan] is a four-time world-class Irish step dancer, and my other son [Joshua] is also going to the worlds, both of them, in Scotland in April,” Hunt said. “People love to see the driving rhythms of the Celtic dancing and fiddling. So we open the show with that and then sprinkle in some bluegrass, some ‘Sound of Music,’ and just have variety in the show.”
The Hunt Family Fiddlers will pull in to Perrysburg in their RV for a 7:30 p.m. March 15 show in the Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Tickets are $22, $20 for seniors and $12 for students.
On the web go to www.huntfamilyfiddlers.com