THE DRIVEN BOW - The 1st Annual BC Fiddle Festival

The Rogue Folk Club is proud to announce a new initiative on the local music scene - a yearly concert series with the most talented fiddlers that British Columbia has to offer. This festival incorporates a wide swath of musical genres, from Celtic and folk to Latin and Metis music. There will be a high-powered double bill each evening, and two days of workshops with the same fiddle masters featured in the concerts. Featured fiddlers in this year's festival (in alphabetical order) are:

Gabriel Dubreuil is a classical, jazz and folk violinist from North Vancouver. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2016, and has since established a name as a violin teacher in Vancouver, and on the Sunshine Coast. Gabriel also directs the Bad to the Bow fiddle group based in Gibsons. He is best recognized for his Celtic-swing group, the Gabriel Dubreuil Trio, the folk rock band, Early Spirit and the Boston based Loose Roots Duo. Besides teaching and performing, Gabriel has worked as a session musician in both Vancouver and Boston for the past five years. He has played on pop, jazz and rock albums, including music videos with local and international bands. Gabriel's second album will be released in late 2018,  as well as the debut album for Early Spirit.
CONCERT: Friday, February 9th at 8pm.
WORKSHOP: Sunday, February 11th at 5pm
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Born in Canada to a Chilean father and a Canadian mother, Kalissa grew up in a multi-cultural home where traditional South American music and Cape Breton fiddle music was heard on the  stereo. She has dedicated her life to playing, honouring and preserving the fiddle tradition. That tradition includes several styles such as Irish, old-time Canadian, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Texas Swing, Celtic, Metis, bluegrass, country, Son Huasteco and Son Jarocho. By age 12, she made musical history when she was the youngest person ever to win the title of BC Provincial Fiddle Champion. She is a four time Top Ten finalist at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Competition, and her recent work has been nominated for an Independent Music Award and a Western Canada Music Award. Her fiddling mentors have included Oliver Schroer, Jerry Holland, Calvin Vollrath, Gordon Stobbe, Daniel Lapp, and John Arcand. Kalissa has also participated and performed in masterclasses by Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Buddy MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Ian Fraser and April Verch. She has also been a guest teacher at several fiddle camps across Canada, as well as the BC Fiddle Orchestra (House of Music) and has taught at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Victoria. Kalissa will be performing with Locarno.
CONCERT: Sunday, February 11th at 9:15pm.
WORKSHOP: Sunday, February 11th at 1pm
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As a fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter, Daniel Lapp has played on over 100 albums and performed across Canada, United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Germany with some of the world’s most renowned folk and jazz musicians. Daniel has won the B.C. Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as the Prince George, Victoria, and Vancouver Symphonies.  A legendary force in Canada’s fiddle scene, in addition to his outstanding performing, Daniel has been musical mentor to hundreds of students  — many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the music industry. In 1994, Daniel formed the first B.C. Fiddle Orchestra with 10 of his brightest students. This exceptional group was invited to perform in front of an audience of 60,000 people at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. In 2010, Daniel was again front and centre for the live audience of more than 60,000 in B.C. Place Stadium for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games opening ceremonies as well as the millions watching on television around the globe. It was the largest audience for a Canadian broadcast in our nation’s history and Lapp was unmistakable. He was one of the featured fiddlers (Ashley MacIsaac also among them) during the kitchen party section of the three-hour showcase, his wild blonde mohawk straight up in the air like his music style. In addition to maintaining an international performing career, in 2014 Daniel was appointed as the inaugural Artistic Director of the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s new Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music, where he now, under the umbrella of the VCM, continues to direct the BC Fiddle Orchestra, the Joy of Life Choir, and Folkestra, teaches fiddle and trumpet privately, and is Artistic Director of the Contemporary Music component to the VCM’s Postsecondary Diploma in Music Performance. Daniel will be leading an all-star band including Adam Dobres for his concert.
CONCERT: Friday, February 9th at 9:15pm.
WORKSHOP: Saturday, February 10th at 1pm
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Classically trained at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Kathleen Nisbet has returned to her Métis roots, pursuing more traditional fiddle music. Since then she has worked with artists in a variety of genres.  A collaborator and regular accompanist with Compaigni v'ni dansi  Metis traditional dance, she also has composed music for independant modern dance.  Recent theatre credits include A Christmas Carol with Pacific Theatre and Salmon Row with Mortal Coil. Kathleen is an active member of Vancouver's thriving bluegrass and folk scene,  performing and touring regularly with her band Viper Central, with whom she has recorded five albums.  She has toured with Vancouver artists The Fugitives and CR Avery and has made guest appearances with Hedley, Fred Eaglesmith, The Belle Game, and The Vicious Cycles to name a few. She  works regularly as a studio musician and has numerous studio recording credits.  She is a teacher at Saint James Music Academy where downtown eastside kids are provided free music lessons. Kathleen also organizes the annual East Van Opry at the Rio Theatre each November. She will be fronting the Kathleen Nisbet's Métis Dance Hall.
CONCERT: Sunday, February 11th at 8pm.
WORKSHOP: Sunday, February 11th at 3pm
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Jocelyn is a vibrant fiddle player, stepdancer, singer and composer. With grace and passion, Jocelyn delivers an engaging and uplifting performance of original and traditional music inspired from the Canadian and Celtic cultures of - Cape Breton, Quebec, Ireland, Scotland, Brittany (FRA), and Galicia (ESP). When not performing, Jocelyn enjoys composing and arranging dynamic and expressive new music from her home studio in the Coastal Mountains, and teaching fiddle lessons and workshops. With a love to travel and share the joy of music, Jocelyn has performed on stages across Canada, the U.S., Scotland, France, and Malaysia. She performed at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics to a packed BC Place Stadium for the Victory Medals Ceremony; shared the stage with Scottish legends The Battlefield Band; and performed with Irish supergroup The Chieftains, as part of their 50th Anniversary World Tour. From workshops to private lessons, Jocelyn offers fun and inspiring, personalized fiddle instruction, guided by the student's learning style and creative goals. With a love for sharing the joy of music and helping learners of all ages, Jocelyn teaches by ear and notation, helps develop repertoire incorporating technique and stylistic devices, and encourages students to learn the music pieces they want to play. Jocelyn will be leading her own band at the festival.
CONCERT: Saturday, February 10th at 8pm.
WORKSHOP: Saturday, February 10th at 5pm
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Cameron Wilson is an artist whose works showcase the many genres of music he has become associated with both as a composer and performer. He is primarily known as an arranger and composer of both musical parody and criss-crossing musical genres. In recent times, Cameron Wilson’s original works have been highlighted and a more serious side of the composer is emerging. His works have been performed by the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, Art of Time Ensemble, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Louisiana Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestras, the Firebird Ensemble and various ensembles and soloists across North America including violinists James Ehnes and Jonathan Crow. His compositions have been heard on CBC Radio, NPR, BBC and RTE Lyric FM in Ireland. Cameron’s arrangements have been performed by Sarah Slean, Kinnie Starr, Barney Bentall, Nickleback and Steven Page but to mention a few. He has written music for films including “Singing the Bones”, "Sikat", "The Mary Contest" and the NFB documentary film "Citizen Sam". The music was nominated for a 2007 Leo Award for Best Music in a Documentary Film. As a violinist/fiddler, Cameron has appeared on the recordings of Bryan Adams, Denzel Sinclaire, Nickleback, Charlotte Diamond, Jeremy Fisher, Karin Plato, Spirit of the West and Raffi. Cameron is equally at home in the Celtic, jazz and classical worlds. He will be appearing with the Celtic group Mad Pudding.
CONCERT: Saturday, February 10th at 9:15pm.
WORKSHOP: Saturday, February 10th at 3pm
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The First Annual BC Fiddle Festival is made possible with assistance from the BC Music Fund.