Rod Olstad

Violin

Rod Olstad, formerly of the Kubasonics Band, is a very exciting and talented violin player that brings a variety of influences to the band. He has played, taught, and recorded a variety of traditional fiddle styles.  He has also performed with many local talents such as Rob Taylor and Frantically Atlantic, the 1885 Street Band, the Beaverhill Duo/Trio, Back Porch Swing, as well as many others. Rod produced and performed on the "64 Fiddle Tunes Commonly Played in Alberta" CD and the "Original Alberta Fiddle Tunes" CD (and music book) both distributed by the Alberta Society of Fiddlers. Rod's earliest fiddle influence was his Great Uncle Henry Levang who played fiddle in the Edberg region near Camrose Alberta. At the age of 10, Rod used a new fangled Sony portable cassette player to record a number of Henry's fiddle tunes and eventually learned all of those tunes and continues to play them to this day. Rod is also the co-director of the Gateway Fiddlers and the Festival City Fiddlers.