Upcoming shows

Date Saturday October 10th 7:30 PM
Show Kelly's Dream
Venue Boularderie School

Winnie Chafe

Cape Breton

Cape Breton fiddler Winnie Chafe was the first woman to become International Fiddling Champion, crowned in 1964 in Pembroke, Ontario. A highly respected figure within Cape Breton Island's musical culture, Winnie teaches classical and Cape Breton Scottish fiddle music, has lectured on the History of Celtic Fiddle Music and has instructed a generation of pupils in the Scottish violin tradition. She has performed for royalty and received two honourary doctorates in recognition of her contribution to the legacy of Cape Breton's music. In August 2015, at age 78, Winnie received the Canadian Grand Masters Lifetime Achievement Award. Winnie has also performed at the East Coast Music Awards, at the International Youth Festival of Music and Dance (Inverness, Scotland), and represented Canada at the International Fiddling Festival in London, England. Renowned for her interpretation of slow airs, Winnie has served as Concert Mistress in the Cape Breton Chamber Orchestra, and been a judge at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship and at the Maritime Old Time Fiddling Contest. Her many awards include Cultural Life Award - Outstanding Professional Artist, from the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia and Business Woman of the Year, from the Professional Women's Club of Canada.