GORD STOBBE from Chezzetcook, NS
Former host of “Up Home Tonight”. Gord plays many styles and is an inspiring teacher. He has been at many fiddle workshops and fiddle camps all over Canada. He is the author of “Of Course You Can Play the Fiddle” series and wrote a number of “Canadian Old-Time Fiddle Hits Volumes.”
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.
Born and raised in the Shuswap/Thompson Okanagan where he has performed and instructed fiddle, Colin now makes his home in Vancouver, BC. While he grew up playing primarily Canadian Old-Time and Bluegrass fiddle music, his playing style is still heavily influenced by his Scottish and Irish roots. He has been composing and arranging music for his second album, and is always keen to pass off the knowledge he has collected from studying under many of Canada’s greatest fiddle players at camps and workshops.
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.
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.
This award winning fiddler, has a strong grassroots following which has made one of the most popular fiddlers in western Canada. Known throughout the fiddle world for his playing abilities, JJ has played with numerous groups and bands while passing on his skills to others at the many fiddle camps he teaches at from B.C. through to Manitoba. His fun upbeat stage show, makes him a strong and often repeat performer at many festivals. Along with doing studio work and 3 compilation CD’s, JJ has released 2 albums of his own. His latest disc, entitled “Cadillac” has been receiving air play from B.C. to as far east as Nova Scotia!
One of Canada’s finest fiddlers, Mike Sanyshyn is in demand as a session and touring musician, instructor, judge, and recording artist. He is a master of many fiddle styles, specializing in Canadian Old Time, Country, Celtic, Bluegrass, Metis, Swing and European. Mike has been awarded the CCMA and BCCMA Fiddler Of The Year, BC Fiddle Champion 4 times, and placed in the top 3 at the prestigious Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships. He is a 3rd-generation fiddler, having begun playing fiddle at the age of 8 and is closing in on 30 years experience performing throughout Canada, Japan and the USA. There are 3 instrumental CDs to his credit: Back To Tradition, Fiddleville and Christmas Swing. A collection of Mike’s original compositions was published by his own company, Shyndig Music.
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. He will also be teaching guitar at this years camp!
What a piano player! She has traveled around the world with many of Canada’s great fiddlers. Graham Townsend, Richard Wood, and most recently with Sheryl Fitzpatrick, to name a few. She also plays fiddle and is now taking up the banjo.