The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is an exciting new trio featuring 3 top young fiddlers from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands. Anders Hall, Olav Luksegård Mjelva and Kevin Henderson have combined their three distinctive styles to create a new diverse sound.
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Born and raised in West Bay Road, Inverness County, Shelly has been playing traditional Cape Breton music for more than eighteen years. Influenced by local fiddlers Stephanie Wills, Theresa MacLellan, Gertie Coffin and Alex Francis MacKay among others, Shelly is a popular player for dances and has taught Cape Breton style fiddling in workshops and private lessons throughout Cape Breton and in Scotland. Shelly also has an avid interest in the Gaelic language and its preservation in Cape Breton. Her playing is powerful, lively and graceful and deeply rooted in the traditions she grew up listening to.
Dr. Winnie Chafe is a highly respected figure within Cape Breton Island’s musical culture. The first woman to become International Fiddling Champion, Winnie has instructed a generation of pupils in the Scottish violin tradition, performed for royalty and received two honourary doctorates in recognition of her contribution to the legacy of Cape Breton’s music. As a constant promoter of musicianship, her stage has provided a showcase for young talent including well-known artists the Barra MacNeils, Natalie MacMaster and Ashley MacIsaac.
Stewart was introduced to traditional Cape Breton music by his mother at the age of three while attending the Big Pond Festival. Many years later, while at Riverview High School, Stewart took step-dancing lessons from Joe Sampson and Marie Currie-Wilson and soon began to play fiddle. Now an accomplished Cape Breton instrumentalist on a variety of instruments, he has gone on to perform at Celtic Colours as a member of the Cape Breton Orchestra, and is as comfortable in a concert hall as he is in a friend’s kitchen, enjoying both equally. Stewart will be performing with Darrell Keigan at Celtic Colours this year.
Rodney MacDonald is an accomplished Cape Breton performer who has toured throughout Atlantic Canada. He is the grandson of the great fiddler and composer, Donald Angus Beaton. He began learning stepdancing from his parents at the age of four and soon picked up the fiddle. Rodney recorded his own solo recording in 1995 entitled Dancer’s Delight, Traditionally Rockin’ in 1997(with Glenn Graham), and was included on the 2004 Smithsonian release The Beaton Family of Mabou: Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music. The former Premier of Nova Scotia is working on a new CD for 2014.
With roots going back six generations, this family of players shares a legacy of tradition. Ever since Joe Pete Chaisson formed the PEI Fiddlers Association and established the Rollo Bay Fiddle festival, the family has worked to preserve and protect traditional music and dance on Prince Edward Island. Joe Pete’s three sons–Peter, Kenny and Kevin–still set the standard for younger generations to follow. Peter’s masterful touch on the fiddle has never wavered through decades of play. An accomplished composer and player, Kenny has tunes to go on for days. And Kevin is one of the most sought after piano accompanists on PEI. Kenny, Kevin and Peter will be joined at Celtic Colours this year by J.J. Chaisson, Koady Chaisson and Elmer Deagle.
Mary Elizabeth MacInnis is Buddy MacMaster’s daughter. She began to play the piano by practicing along with tapes of her father. There are numerous home and dance recordings of Buddy spanning over forty years and they include a variety of accompanists including John Morris Rankin and Buddy’s sisters, Betty Lou, Genevieve and Lorraine. Many of these home tapes, with their long, extended sets, are perfect for learning tunes and practicing piano accompaniment. Mary Elizabeth was 14 when she first performed with her father in a concert at Judique Parish Hall and, a few years later, began playing with him at the Glencoe Mills dances. She has also traveled with her father to play in Boston, Washington and Toronto.
Wendy is an award-winning fiddler, piano player and step dancer from Creignish, Cape Breton who began performing as a stepdancer at age 5. At age 12, she began fiddle lessons with Stan Chapman. By age fifteen, Wendy was playing dances all over Cape Breton Island, forming the sound that makes her so recognizable today. With five records to her credit – including “Variations” with her Cape Breton Celtic Supergroup, Beolach – she is a favourite with traditional audiences everywhere. Wendy has toured all over the world as a solo performer, and with The Rankins, Mary Jane Lamond, Ashley MacIsaac and Beolach. Wendy’s critically acclaimed release “Seinn” is a partnership with long time musical collaborator, Mary Jane Lamond.