If experience, performance and repetition are keys to musical accomplishment, then Vera Keating must have been very close to ‘master’ status. Vera was a well-known, and beloved fiddle player in the Peterborough area. With her unique brand of traditional music, she entertained audiences for nearly 80 years. Her talent was validated by many fiddle contests she won, including events at the Peterborough Exhibition, and the Bobcaygeon Fair. Along with husband, Jack, Vera entertained at all local fairs and venues in the Peterborough area, too numerous to mention.
Throughout her career, she enjoyed warm kinship with her audiences and gave generously of her time, and talent in aid of many worthy causes. At one time, she performed several times a month with the Peterborough and Otonabee Oldtime Fiddlers, entertaining at local hospitals and retirement residences.
If longevity is the hallmark of success, then Vera Keating was indeed, a true success.
Vera Keating passed away in 2012, in her 99th year.