Fiddle champion  Shamma Sabir and multi-instrumentalist John McMahon are the feature performers at the Coldstream Coffee House May 18.

Fiddle champion Shamma Sabir and multi-instrumentalist John McMahon are the feature performers at the Coldstream Coffee House May 18.

Duo perks up Coldstream Coffee House

Fiddle champion Shamma Sabir and multi-instrumentalist John McMahon are the feature performers at this Saturday’s Coldstream Coffee House.

Fiddle champion Shamma Sabir and multi-instrumentalist John McMahon are the feature performers at this Saturday’s Coldstream Coffee House.

“Sabir and McMahon join forces and with an energy and passion for music and songwriting in their performances. From folk to fiddle, from swing to blues – they will share their love of music and life,” said Keith Hustler, coffee house music coordinator.

The eldest of the Sabir Sisters, Shamma is widely acknowledged as one of Canada’s best fiddlers.

She was the first and youngest female nominee ever to be invited to the Canadian Grand Masters Championships and placed in Canada’s top 11 in Ottawa.

A songwriter and composer with writing credits on many prestigious Canadian fiddler’s albums, including Calvin Vollrath and Gordon Stobbe, Sabir’s heartfelt bluesy vocals, combined with her fiddle, mandolin and cello give the group a folk/roots flavour that places them in a musical sphere of their own.

McMahon has taught music in schools across the province and continues to pursue his passion for songwriting and performance.

Musical accomplishments have included writing a song for the Philadelphia Flyers NHL team to studio work on a variety of artists’ compositions.

McMahon holds a bachelor of music on viola from the University of British Columbia and plays a variety of musical instruments – violin, viola, guitar, bass and mandolin.

Saturday’s Coldstream Coffee House takes place at the Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall, 9909 Kalamalka Lake Rd. The open mic portion of the evening, showcasing a variety of great local talent, will precede the feature performance. Admission is $5 with a concession by donation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and show starts at 7 p.m.