Devin Scillian, the evening news anchor for NBC affiliate WDIV Local 4 in Detroit, and Saline video artist Josh Sirota, have donated their talents to a produce a feature video promoting The Saline Fiddlers' May 25 concert with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.
Scillian, who is also a best-selling author of children's books and an award-winning musician and songwriter, tells the story of The Fiddlers and promotes the upcoming concert against a backdrop of live performances and archival footage.
“It all started with a simple idea, that a show band of student musicians could preserve traditional fiddle music, get people clapping and dancing to songs that trace the arc of American history and remind people that big talent often comes from small towns. Over 25 years, The Saline Fiddlers have played for students, seniors, veterans and communities all over Michigan. They have played The White House, they have toured nearly every state in the union and as far away as the UK and Germany. This year, in a new milestone for the group, The Saline Fiddlers will play one of their biggest shows yet and you’re all invited.”
The roughly 90-second video was produced by Sirota, who is studying video production at Washtenaw Community College and plans to enter Grand Valley State University in the fall.
“I’ve been a student of film and video for about seven years now and I’ve enjoyed every moment,” Sirota said. “I always strive to perfect my craft and learn as much as I can. This project was a lot of fun to put together because I was able to give back to my community and my hometown high school. I’m very excited for the show, and I look forward to giving back even more to my community in the future!”
Tickets for Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder are on-sale now via Ticketmaster.com.
Read more about Ricky Skaggs and his show with The Saline Fiddlers in these Saline Post stories:
Saline Fiddlers to Open for Bluegrass Legend Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs' Ann Arbor Concert Shows Commitment to Student Musicians
Ricky Skaggs' Michigan Links Go Back 50 Years to a Studio in Jackson