Whisky Tasting at Fort Whoop-Up - A Fundraiser

at Fort Whoop-Up

Fri JUN 16

Join College Lincoln as we enjoy over 20 varieties of whisky and rum while enjoying a smokie in the Fort compound. The fire pit will be burning and tours of the Fort available. Musical entertainment provided by fiddler Phil Lethbridge and guitarist Don Townsend. Get ready to have an old fashioned good time. Funds raised will go to education programs at Fort Whoop-Up.

TICKETS $25/person (+GST) | Available at the door | must be 18+

Phil Lethbridge Bio
Phil Lethbridge was born in 1937 and raised in ranching country near Wood Mountain in southern Saskatchewan.

He showed a keen interest in music at a very early age. By three years old, he was playing his mom’s auto harp; by nine, he was learning how to play his aunt’s violin and by ten years old he was learning how to play his homemade “Bo Diddly” type of guitar. His family was poor and could not afford music lessons. So, he bought instruction books, observed musicians in the area and put into practice pointers and suggestions given to him by local performers. In time he became proficient enough to play for dances with local bands.

After high school, Phil attended Moose Jaw Teachers College. It was then that he played a few times on CHAB radio station.

His teaching career took him to various places in Saskatchewan and Alberta. All the while he continued playing music with various bands and personnel in those areas.

In late summer of 1967, Phil and his family moved south to Brocket after he accepted the principalship of the school there. Again he played with people in the area. Then he started his own band known as “Phil Lethbridge and the West Winds.” They played for functions as far west as Cranbrook in B.C., as far north as Red Deer in Alberta, and as far east as Glentworth and Wood Mountain in Saskatchewan.

In the late 90's and early 2000, he played at the Great Canadian Barn Dance, a local summer attraction in Hillspring, AB.

Now in his golden years, Phil concentrates his time in preparing to enter fiddle contests in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He has always placed in the top three spots in the Seniors category and has the honor of having placed “first” nine times over the years.

Phil has released two dance albums, namely: Fiddlin’ I and Fiddlin’ II.

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