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Gillian Head

Cape Breton

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With an interpretation, style, and energy all her own, Gillian Head delights audiences. Her influences include the variations and modern style of contemporary fiddlers, as well as the strong roots of the old traditional fiddlers of her native Cape Breton Island. This combination leaves you with a taste of the strong, lively fiddling that Gillian is all about. A stepdancer from a young age, Gillian took up the fiddle after falling in love with the music she danced to. She took up the fiddle at age 9, initially taking lessons from Stephanie Wills for a short time, and then studying for years under the direction of the late Jerry Holland. These early teachers, and love of dance, make for a distinctive rhythmic style of fiddling. Gillian has played all over her native island, and even out on the ocean on board the Holland-America Cruiselines. She has recently released her debut album titled Spirit.

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