Tom Foolery Regroups for Scottish & Irish Pavilions 2016


Tom Foolery was first put together by Matt Zimmerman and Larry Roulette to entertain at the Winter Festival way back in January 2011, and since then they’ve played their Celtic serenades for audiences all over Western Canada.

Highlights from the 2011-2013 run of shows include their first performance at Winter Festival 2011, St. Patricks Day celebrations at Clancy's 2011 and 2012, Summer in the City Festival, Hanover Ag Fair, and headlining St. Patricks Day at The Kings Head in Winnipeg 2013. 

However, the group hasn’t played in a while because let’s face it, life gets busy! But this year at both the Scottish and Irish Pavilions, Tom Foolery will be getting back together; ‘I think we just needed a good excuse,” said Matt Zimmerman, singer and guitarist.

The group’s fiddle styles spans jigs, reels, breakdowns, airs, hornpipes, and strathspeys, and if you know what all of those mean then please email me at to explain. Thank you!


However, Matt’s love for celtic music brings an Eastern-Canadian flavour to the dance floor, playing classics from Great Big Sea, Spirit of the West, drinking songs from the Irish Rovers, as well as spirited songs from The Pogues and Mumford & Sons.

This year you can catch the action at the Scottish Pavilion from 10pm-close on Thursday and on Friday & Saturday at 930pm and 1030pm respectively. The all start band will feature local legend Grayson Ross on the fiddle, Brandon’s own Cody Iwasiuk (who now plays with The Bros. Landreth), Dylan MacDonald and Roman Clarke of The Middle Coast.

Don’t miss it! 

Check out the Winter Festival website for more info and our own Event Listing for other pavilions and events.