Gordon Stobbe - Seaforth, Nova Scotia - Fiddle We are so very excited to have Gord join the teaching staff again this year! He is likely the most highly sought after instructor and performer on the fiddle circuit these days. Never one to let the dust settle, Gordon keeps busy with a host of projects across Canada. His "Fiddle History of Canada" production is being workshopped and presented in several provinces, he continues to compose and tour, and will be releasing a new CD soon with some of the tunes he has composed with fellow musician and travel buddy JJ Guy. There is no room here to list all the accomplishments of this Canadian treasure, so check his website. But above all, Gordon is an inspiration to anyone who sees him perform, or teach, or call a square dance! http://www.fiddlebooks.com
J.J. Guy - Lintlaw, Saskatchewan - Fiddle A staple at the FiddlyNess fiddle camp and returning for his third consecutive year, it was no accident that J.J. Guy took home the "People's Choice Award" at the 2013 Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship in Saskatoon in August 2013! J.J. is a beloved performer and instructor who has touched the hearts of thousands of fiddlers at fiddle camps across Canada. From B.C. to the NWT to the east coast, JJ is kept hopping, teaching and performing along the way. He has several recordings under his belt, and we are lucky to snag him for FiddlyNess this year as part of his busy touring schedule.
Eric Wright - Vermont, USA - cello Eric is no stranger to Canada or the FiddlyNess Camp - he is a member of the folk supergroup The Fretless, and spends a lot of time touring in Canada and the UK with this award winning quartet. Eric also teaches at a number of camps including Shivering Strings West 2015 in Saskatoon. His exciting cello style is inspirational and brings a dimension to traditional fiddle music that is driving and innovative. Part of the drive in his playing comes from his expertise in "chopping" - the rhythmic percussive use of his bow to make the tunes so powerful! He is constantly looking for ways to keep his playing fresh and dynamic - and loves to share his knowledge and talent with his students. To boot, he is a genuine sweet guy! You will love him!
Daniel Koulack - Winnipeg, Manitoba - clawhammer banjo Returning to FiddlyNess for his second year, Daniel brings a wealth of talent and experience to the FiddlyNess roster this year. We are very pleased to have him join our faculty, and know that he will offer a claw hammer class that will take his students to the next level in their playing, regardless of what level they are at. He is a highly sought after instructor, and a world class musician, who has many recordings to his name in a number of genres, including klezmer music, world music, and traditional old time music. In 2015, Daniel is real sing a new CD with his long time fiddle buddy, Karrnnel, and the soulful vocals and guitar playing of Joey Landreth of Bros Landreth.
Angus Lyon - Scotland - piano Angus is a musician, producer & composer based in Scotland. He is a member of Blazin’ Fiddles & The Halton Quartet who has also recorded & performed alongside Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Paul McCartney, Bobby McFerrin, Craig Armstrong, Blue Rose Code, Eliza Carthy, Matt Costa, Bella Hardy & many more Currently recording and producing music from his Studio, Gran’s House. "Through his brilliant duo with fiddler Ruaridh Campbell, his work with the marvellously pigeonhole-resistant Halton Quartet and his achievements as producer on myriad recordings, accordionist and keyboard player Angus Lyon is one of the traditional music scene’s most creative talents. However, this is only one facet of his scope, and on this Celtic Connections New Voices commission, he reveals a Zappa-esque skill for a smartly turned melody, effortlessly blending banjo, vibraphone, fiddle and saxophone, a penchant for jazz fusion, and a weakness for Earth Wind & Fire-style party soul-funk" - The Herald www.anguslyon.co.uk/home
Rua MacMillan - Nairn, Scotland - fiddle Hailing from Nairn, Rua Macmillan is one of Scotland’s top fiddlers. Having studied with the likes of Aonghas Grant Snr, Pete Clark, Alasdair McCulloch and Sharon Hassan, Rua graduated with a B.A.(Hons) in Scottish Music from the R.S.A.M.D. (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and being awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2009, Rua has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, including performances at some of the world’s most prominent Folk Festivals, including Celtic Connections (Sco), Cambridge (Eng), Ortigeuira (Spn), and Winnipeg (Can). His debut album, ‘Tyro’ was voted instrumental album of the year in the Fatea Awards, and was picked by Songlines Magazine as a ‘Top of the World’ album. The Rua Macmillan Trio was nominated for “Folk band of the Year” at the MG Alba Trad Awards in 2012, and as “Live Act of the Year” in the Spiral Earth awards 2013. In addition to performing under his own name, Rua is also a member of the multi-award winning Blazin’ Fiddles. In addition to touring, Rua is in great demand as a tutor, and teaches regularly with Fèis Rois, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, as well as internationally. www.ruamacmillan.com/home
Miriam Sonstenes - British Columbia - fiddle Coming to Canada from Germany at the age of nine, MIRIAM SONSTENES is a classically trained violinist-turned-fiddler. She has been performing and teaching professionally for the past 10 years and has backed up and recorded with numerous west coast bands and solo artists. A member of The Sweet Lowdown since 2009, Miriam has toured Canada, the US and the UK, performing for audiences of folk and roots music lovers to critical acclaim. The trio has produced 3 albums, all recipients of multiple awards and award nominations. Recent performances include the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and CBC’s Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean.In 2015 Miriam was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts Musician’s Grant to study with bluegrass fiddler Bobby Hicks in Marshall, North Carolina. miriamsonstenes.com
Claudine Arcand - L'Islet-sur-Mer, Quebec - fiddle Claudine Arcand is one of Québec’s leading fiddle players. Her unique and dynamic style is matched with her enthusiasm and passion for traditional Québécoise music. Claudine has represented Québec with various bands and ensembles, offering diverse workshops, concerts and conferences in the United States ; Ashokan (NY), Pinewoods (MA), Maine Fiddle Camp (ME)), in England (Fosbrooke Liza Austin MBE, MA of University of Newcastle) as well as Ireland (University of Limerick - World Irish Music Course- MA students on the Master Programme) and Camp Violon Trad Québec (St-Côme, Qc) Claudine is also a founder member of La Côte Sud and plays many years with the contra-dance band Tidal Wave.
Yann Falquet - Montreal, Quebec - guitar Yann Falquet is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelors degree in Jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America). His involvement in the province's traditional music scene has brought Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to tour regularly throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia with his main project Genticorum. He also toured for three years with the award-winning Celtic and world group The McDades. Yann has taught his guitar style at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, at the Goderich Celtic College as well as for Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon and Sierra Fiddle Camps. www.falquetgemme.com