Double The Trouble, 15-year-old twins Aidan and Luc Wrigley, along with their father, Rob, are returning to the Chautauqua and French-Canadian/Metis Festival. They will perform at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, at Old Crossing and Treaty Park near Huot.

Double The Trouble, 15-year-old twins Aidan and Luc Wrigley, along with their father, Rob, are returning to the Chautauqua and French-Canadian/Metis Festival. They will perform at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, at Old Crossing and Treaty Park near Huot.

Double The Trouble returning to Chautauqua and French-Canadian/Metis Festival

The 15-year-old twin fiddlers are making encore performances.

Double the Trouble will return to the Chautauqua and French-Canadian/Metis Festival at Old Crossing and Treaty Park near Huot.

The boys, Luc and Aidan Wrigley, and their father, Rob, will be performing in the big tent at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25.

It was double the fun last year, when the duo rocked the tent and had the audience clapping, cheering and toe-tapping.

Their repertoire includes traditional Metis music, contemporary tunes and original music.

The French-Metis and Cree twins began fiddling and jigging at the age of three.

The following year they won gold and silver medals in jigging and fiddling contests at Festival du Voyageur.

By six, the twins along with their along with their father, Rob, on guitar were entertaining at the Forks in Winnipeg.

At age seven, they began performing at Festival du Voyageur, an annual winter festival that celebrates the rich Metis and French Canadian culture of Manitoba.

Since that time the boys have been performing in both English and French at schools, markets and festivals.

The boys have also released two albums, “Keep Calm and Fiddle On” and “Juniper Woods”.

The festival opens Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck picnic followed by a bonfire with music by Dan Schmitz.
Throughout the weekend, there will be activities for children, displays and demonstrations.

Food, including French Festival specialties such a Tourtiere (meat pie) and bread made in the earth oven, will be available. Silent auctions will be held Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to all events in the park.

The Old Crossing and Treaty Park is on Red Lake Co. Road 3 and seven miles northeast of Gentilly on County Road 11 or 10 miles southwest of Red Lake Falls.
The festival, presented by AFRAN (Association of the French of the North), emphasizes the French heritage of the Red River Valley.

For more information, call Jerry Amiot at 218-289-8889 or Virgil Benoit at 218-253-2270.

This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from the vote on Nov. 4, 2008.