Scottish fiddlers of the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane area will visit Potlatch as part of EMT Appreciation Day at Junction Lumber, while locals such as Moscow’s Mike Paz and Potlatch’s Mabel Vogt will join the group, too.While the Potlatch Junior Jammers will open up the benefit, the day will be host to about a dozen members of the Scottish fiddle group 9 Pint Coggies.
“This group is playing more of the authentic Scottish music that’s played today,” said Junior Jammers leader and 9 Pint Coggies sit-in Mabel Vogt, who is a two-time Idaho grand champion fiddler. “It’s traditional, it’s old, but it’s not Americanized. The Coggies, they’re playing music straight from Scotland today. This group is very eclectic.”
While bluegrass seems to be the staple of local fiddlers, Vogt said old time fiddle bands never have drums, however the 9 Pint Coggies not only have a drummer, but a piano player, guitarist, accordionist, bassist, mandolin and bagpipe player.
“When I see a Celtic band, you think of guitar, a couple fiddles, the bodhrán drum, a hand drum … but I specialize in the drum set,” said drummer Paz. “You have to finesse with the brushes.”
Paz is a part of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, too, and said he’s well versed in orchestral music, which is quite similar to Scottish tunes, such as jigs or swings.
While the entire 30-member 9 Pint Coggies group will not be at the Potlatch benefit, the spread-out group did reunite for a sold-out Jacklin Performing Arts and Cultural Center performance, where Paz said the group recorded a soon-to-be released album.
The group also features fiddler Steve Riggan, who is a MusicFest Northwest gold medal pianist, and a Celtic Music Spokane founding president. Coggies member Arvid Lundin is a fiddler and composer, too.
The EMT Appreciation Day takes place from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday at the Scenic 6 Park in Potlatch. The Junior Jammers perform from 10-11 a.m., while the Coggies perform soon after.
“The fire department and EMTs are all volunteers and they take a lot of time for training and stuff,” said event coordinator Dale Rose.
A potato soup contest will also take place, with a $100 award for best taste. The Saturday market will be there, and the Lion’s Club will set up a van to test hearing and blood pressure.
Last year, Rose said, the Coggies volunteered to play and this year they’re doing it again.
“If something catastrophic happens out here, it’s volunteers that come out … and take us to the hospital,” Vogt said. “We want to publicly acknowledge their service.”
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->if you go:
WHAT: EMT Appreciation Day featuring the 9 Pint Coggies
WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Scenic 6 Park, Potlatch