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Lea Kirstein (Celtic Cello Workshop)

Lea Kirstein

Lea Kirsten is a creative and resourceful string player from Victoria, BC.  She holds a BMus specializing in music education and classical viola performance from the University of Victoria.

Her appetite for a wide variety of styles on the viola and cello is evident in her involvement with many new music groups.  Lea has toured the US and Canada as the current violinist of the Boston-based Folk Art Quintet, a groundbreaking new folk chamber ensemble based out of Berklee College of Music.  Armed with her pickup and looping pedal, she also adds bluesy and funky viola to D’va, an original R&B/jazz duo. She has collaborated on a CD with Juno award-winning fiddler Oliver Schroer and on CDs and music videos with several independent rock bands, and has even dabbled in jazz and electric cello with the Hypatia Creative Women’s Jazz Orchestra.

Her passion for new music and education is combined in the Victoria portion of the National Youth Fiddle Project, the Twisted String, which she leads.  It is the innovative pedagogical and performance brainchild of fiddler and composer Oliver Schroer.  With Twisted String, Lea has performed on National CBC Radio Broadcasts, in folk festivals, clubs, and on stages in Toronto and Vancouver, and led educational workshops in Arts Schools in Toronto.  She has even been spotted instigating a Random Act of Violins or two in the Toronto subways!

With her classical roots and love for eclectic new music, Lea is convinced that on string instruments, anything is possible.

Times & Venues

March 17
10:00 am
Tom Lee Music, City Stage


Edward MacIlwaine (Bagpipes Workshop)

Edward MacIlwaine

Ed MacIlwaine started his piping career with the White Spot Pipe Band in 1986.  In 1989 he began getting tuition from legendary local piper, P-M James Watt. He continued his association with James and the Western Academy of Pipe Music as either a student or a teacher until James' death in 2000.  Since 2001, Ed has been a dedicated student and teacher, particularly of piobaireachd, and is a frequent prize-winner at competitions in Scotland.  Ed is also a Past President of the British Columbia Pipers' Association.

Times & Venues

March 17
11:00 am
Tom Lee Music, City Stage


Deirdre Morgan (Jaw Harp Workshop)

Deidre Morgan

Deirdre Morgan is an ethnomusicologist, performer, and arts administrator who has spent the last several years immersed in the Jaw Harp (Jew's harp), Balinese gamelan, & various Classical, folk, and world music idioms. She holds a B.A. in literature, film & creative writing, and an M.A. in ethnomusicology, both from the University of British Columbia. An active member of the Vancouver arts scene, Deirdre has worked for the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, musica intima, and MusicFest Vancouver, and has been a longtime musician and board member with the Vancouver-based Balinese ensemble Gamelan Gita Asmara. Deirdre is the author of an M.A. thesis entitled Organs and bodies: The Jew’s harp and the anthropology of musical instruments, for which she completed fieldwork in Bali, Indonesia studying the little known Balinese Jew's harp, genggong. Since returning from Bali, she has continued seeking out the Jew’s harps of the world and the people who play them. Her travels have taken her across the US, Europe, Russia, and Indonesia, and she chronicles her adventures, lectures, and performances around the world at overtonearts.com. She is currently the Executive Director of the Jew’s Harp Guild and the North American Jew’s Harp Festival, as well as a Board & Management Team member with the International Jew’s Harp Society.

http://overtonearts.com

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/OvertoneArts

Times & Venues

March 17
1:00 pm
Tom Lee Music, City Stage


Nellie Quinn (British Isles Fiddling Workshop)

Nellie Quinn

Canadian folk fiddler Nellie Quinn is quickly gaining attention as an outstanding musician, captivating performer and versatile interpreter of Canadian traditional music.  At the age of 20, Nellie belies her young years through the depth and maturity of her music, no doubt a result of traveling across Canada, the US, and the UK to study under some of the best fiddlers of today.

Hailing from a musical family, Nellie inherited her great Grandfather’s fiddle on which she has explored and become proficient in many different genres. As an active musician in the Canadian folk scene, Nellie has had the great opportunity to compose and perform with some of the nation’s most influential fiddlers and has performed on stage with Gordon Stobbe, Oliver Schroer, Daniel Lapp and Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and learned from luminaries such as Mark O’Connor, Ashley MacIsaac, Darol Anger, Catrional MacDonald, Shane Cook, John Arcand, to name but a few.

Nellie has strong roots in Canadian folk music traditions such as Cape Breton, Quebecois, Métis and Old Time music, which puts her in high demand as a fiddler.  Through her understanding and awareness of these genres, she has developed and nurtured an individual style of playing which draws and shows respect for all of these traditions whilst creating something vibrant, exciting and different. 

www.nelliequinn.com

Times & Venues

March 18
1:30 pm
Tom Lee Music, City Stage


Vazzy (Percussion in Traditional French-Canadian Music Workshop)

Vazzy

The duo VAZZY brings the audience traditional melodies and songs, from Acadia, Québec and France. From medieval sonorities with a hint of Arabic and Breton, to lively French-Canadian fiddle tunes and songs from the past and present… embark on a musical voyage in time through the ages, across two continents and an ocean.  VAZZY’s repertoire includes lively songs accompanied by infectious toe-tapping rhythms, and instrumental arrangements. VAZZY’s new CD "Dans Mon Chemin Rencontre" is a collection of traditional songs from French-Canada sometimes accompanied by instrumentals pieces from Brittany.  The two talented musicians offer a warm, authentic, dynamic and engaging performance... Vazzy has entertained audiences in British-Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, New-Brunswick, Newfoundland and the US.

www.vazzy.ca

Times & Venues

March 17
12:00 pm
Tom Lee Music, City Stage


Lorne Warr (Newfoundland Button Accordion Workshop)

Lorne Warr

Born and bred in Lewisporte, Newfoundland, singer/songwriter Lorne Warr transposes the traditional music of his youth, along with the exploration of new genres. His songs are "sung in a rich baritone voice and are a cry from the heart that stand against the winds of change that buffet all of us". Coupled with his intricate guitar playing, Lorne’s songs take you on a journey traveling from one side of Canada to the other, and is an example of what modern folk is all about. Lorne "is rapidly evolving into a tour de force on the Canadian folk scene" and currently resides on Bowen Island, BC ~ from one Rock to another ~ where a majority of his songs have been composed including his award winning "Back to the Island Again". He grew up surrounded by Newfoundland music and folklore ~ listening to his Granny's button accordion and his father's stories of ghost ships and pirates. Over the years he has explored many musical genres ~ from rock bands, solo classical guitar & folk music, to obscure, esoteric jazz. It wasn't until a friend, Ed Kavanagh, lent him a mandolin and taught him a jig by Newfoundland fiddler Emile Beniot, that his musical soul found its way back home ~ back to the Folk music he had loved as a child. Inspired by traditional music & influenced by contemporary songwriter's like Gordon Lightfoot, Stan Rogers & Richard Thompson, Lorne began writing his own songs & writing arrangements for traditional music that were fresh and energetic "his grasp of multifaceted folk idioms give his work a colour and texture that defines the fabric of our own common experience and his heartfelt, exquisitely crafted lyrics and puts his songs on par with some of the greats of Canadian folk history."    Lorne has been a professional musician for more than a decade gracing many stages as a solo act and with his band The Streels at festivals, community folk events and has been active in the Celtic Folk music scene all around the Vancouver area. Now embarking on a solo career, his latest CD Come Down to Paris is due for release soon. 

www.streels.com

Times & Venues

March 18
12:30 pm
Tom Lee Music, City Stage


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