So a few years ago I was hired to play my first Celtic Christmas show. I was completely over my head, Celtic fiddle? I grew up in the middle of nowhere outside of Guelph, Ontario going to Suzuki school once a week for years practicing Mozart and Bach (both of which I love very dearly) Well, for those of you that know me, will not be surprised when I said, Yes to the tour, in fact I think I said something like, that sounds GRRRRRRRRRRREAT. Well it was a life changing experience performing Irish fiddle music all over the USA in gorgeous Theaters. I believe the vibe is what sells it. The experience and energy, and level of fun that we have on stage tearing up those jigs and reels are just totally out of this world. So why am I talking about this you might ask? Well, on this tour, I met a guy named William Coulter. Bill, as I call him, has become a great friend and we have been developing a folk and baroque duo show for the last couple of years. Why Folk and Baroque? Well, baroque music is one of my favourite styles of music, and something I have also had considerable training in - with Gustav Leonhardt, with Marilyn McDonald, with Stanley Ritchie, Libby Wallfisch, Vera Beths, Lucy Van Daal, so many great musicians. I've studied with them, played with them, had a couple drinks with them, ran into the ocean with them after a Saint Matthew's Passion - well that was just with Libby... but another lesson in baroque music none the less!!! So you take Baroque music, you add ornaments galore, and you dance around a bit, and then BINGO! you have FOLK MUSIC!!!!!!!
One of my favourite questions I get all the time is what's the difference between a violin and a fiddle. For some reason, soooo many people believe the fiddle is smaller.... of course most people think I play a tiny violin..... when will they ever learn??? I wish Einstein was alive and beside me to explain why the violin looks smaller when I hold it then lets say, when my amazing friend Johanna holds it... hehehehe...
I'm not quite sure why I started writing this blog - but now I'm starting to realize that it's because I'm pitching this duo, this tour, this project... And I think it's going to be AWESOME. And.... we are going to be recording it in June as well, so after our 15 concert tour this month, we're gonna put it all on a record. I'm psyched. Bill is an incredible guitarist, and has been studying and teaching and performing folk music for decades... yes he has a couple of years on me, but not too many! And me? Well, I love it so much, and Bill has decided to put up with my craziness and try out this duo. #LIQUIDGOLD I hope you guys like the name... It makes me smile every time.
So keep in touch, let me know what you think, let me know if you can come to a show, let me know if you want a copy of the album, or if you'd like Bill and I to come to your house and play a concert... you know the drill, we're musicians. If you give us a chance to make music, we will.
on tour. kickin it. playin.