Ninth Line

Ninth Line


Traditional Fiddling, with a Modern Twist!


Ninth Line began as the Suzuki Underground Fiddlers. The group grew out of a weekly music ensemble class called, the Suzuki Underground Strings; a class put together by two outstanding music educators, Cathy and Scott Clark of London Ontario. The class took place in the basement which gave rise to the "Underground" component of the name.

At the urging of one of the students, (we think it was our Becky Sancton) who desperately wanted to learn how to play fiddle music, some published fiddle music was incorporated into the Saturday morning classes and the rest as they say is history.

Each fiddler in the class started Suzuki violin lessons at the Clark studio around the age of four. In September 1992, the Suzuki Underground Fiddlers entered the Junior Youth Talent Search hosted by, what was then, CFPL TV in London. They made it to the finals, but were not chosen as the winners of the event. From this competition, though, they were asked to be a part of the Essex County Fair, and played on a float and at the Grandstand for about five years. After this time, they were hired to be entertainment at two local ice cream parlors, a branch of Chapters and at a Loblaws store. In the spring of 2000, the Undground Fiddlers, as they called themselves now, entered the London Kiwanis Music Festival in a non-competitive fiddle group class. Though the class was not a competition, they were asked to participate in a final concert called The Stars of the Festival, that took place at London's Centennial Hall.

This opened up some opportunities in Southwestern Ontario and the group, now simply called Underground could be found playing at luxiourious banquets, on local television (NewDay, the morning TV show offered by the NewPL) or as guest musicians for the famous Amabile Choir of London. In the summer of 2001 the group not only entertained at the 2001 Canada Summer Games receptions, but also studied Jazz violin with the Jazz Violinist Lenny Solomon.

Today the group has relocated to the Toronto area where they have been adding a variety of new styles to the repertorie. The addition of Dave McCrank on drums has brought a new energy to the sound.

Set List

Traditional fiddle tunes:
Celtic, Country, Canadian
Cover tunes:
the Beatles, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash