GORD STOBBE from Chezzetcook, NS
Master fiddler and member of the Order Of Canada, Gord is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association for “outstanding contribution to Old-Time Fiddling in Canada”. Former host of “Up Home Tonight”, Gord was commissioned to compose and record scores for CBC radio dramas. He is an inspiring teacher, and has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall Of Fame as a Pioneer In Music. He has also received the ECMA Stompin’ Tom Award for his long-term contributions to music.
Sunday mornings were all about music when Tahnis was growing up. At 5 years old she started playing the violin and performing with her family as The Cunningham Family Band. Over the years they have performed across Canada and through Europe. Now, Tahnis lives in Regina, Saskatchewan where she teaches fiddle and guitar at “Music in the House.” She performs in a duo with Ray Bell, and has become known for her energetic fiddle style as well as her warm and intimate vocals.
Some people are born to play music. By the age of three, Ivonne Hernandez was playing violin by ear, everything from her mother’s favourite Maritime reels to her father’s Chilean folk music roots. She is a dynamic musician and has toured and taught all over North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Ivonne is a 2017 Juno Award winner!
This award-winning fiddler and dedicated instructor has a strong grassroots following which has made him one of the most popular fiddlers in western Canada. His fiddle albums are full of lively traditional and original fiddle music, and his collaboration with Gordon Stobbe entitled “Twin Fiddles” has garnered a WCMA nomination. As a result of his hard work and dedication, JJ was nominated by the SCMA as Fiddler Of The Year, and won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Canadian Grand Masters.
Trish Clair is a passionate educator specializing in fiddle and Suzuki violin/viola, and she maintains a large studio in Nanaimo BC. She is also active as a tune composer and arranger, creating exciting ensemble arrangements of traditional and contemporary fiddle tunes. Her favourite food is organic dark chocolate.
Ray lives in Regina where he teaches at Music in the House, a music school that he founded in 2002.
He is in high demand as a guitar instructor at fiddle camps all over western Canada and has toured extensively including tours of Canada, U.S. and the U.K performing at folk clubs, bluegrass and folk festivals.
Geoff Horrocks is recognized as one of the fiddle community’s best pianists. He has performed on stages across Canada, and continues to be in demand as a clinician at camps and workshops nationwide. Geoff is co-creator of the Cross Canada Fiddle Tunes instructional books. He teaches fiddle, piano and guitar in Nanaimo BC.