We've put together something truly special for you to kick off our second annual Driven Bow Festival! Four of the best fiddlers that our province has to offer, playing all evening in various combinations, singles, duos, trios, the sky's the limit
Date/Time: Feb 8 2019, 8:00 pm to 11:00 pmVancouver, St James Community Square
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Between all the great players here, you might hear Celtic, Quebcois, bluegrass, folk, Métis, country, Irish, Scottish, world music and probably more. This is a fiddle fanatic's fantasy - don't miss it!
Born in Prince George, Daniel was the youngest son in a family where music was a natural part of life. With his mother, grandfather, five uncles all playing fiddle and a bevy of accordion playing aunts, family get-togethers always included good music. In the years since, Daniel has become the best-known and most influential fiddlers in British Columbia, if not in all of Canada.They’ve taken him from coast to coast to coast in Canada, as well as Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Germany. He has performed with symphony orchestras and at global events like the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, EXPO 2000 in Germany and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games opening ceremonies. He’s played on over 100 albums, working and touring with artists including Spirit of the West, Rickie Lee Jones, Barney Bentall, Mae Moore, Beth Orton and Kathryn Tickell. A passionate love of music is clear in all of Daniel’s work, but never clearer than when you hear him play.
Vancouver is home for Canada's musical gem, Kiérah. A dynamic and bold Celtic fiddle player, Kiérah presents powerful music inspired by her Irish/Scottish heritage. In an ever changing music scene, she showcases an infusion of pop and world rhythms taking Celtic music into a new direction. She possesses a remarkable ability to completely captivate and engage the audience, playing straight from her heart. Kiérah’s first two albums received nominations by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2008 and 2010. Kiérah’s third album – Stonemason’s Daughter won a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year Recently featured in Irish Music Magazine, Living Tradition Magazine and on CelticRadio.net, her most recent release Strong Bow is receiving rave reviews. It has received nominations by the Toronto Independent Music Awards and the Australian Celtic Music Awards.
Kathleen Nisbet is a fiddle player and singer from Vancouver, BC Canada. Classically trained at the Vancouver Academy of Music, She 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 V'ni Dansi, Métis traditional dance, she has also composed music for independant modern dance. 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. She has also recently toured and performed with Petunia & The Vipers, Carolyn Mark, Rich Hope and His Blue Rich Rangers, CR Avery and The Fugitives, and has made guest appearances with Fred Eaglesmith, Art Bergmann, The Belle Game, and The Vicious Cycles to name a few. She works regularly as a studio musician and has numerous recording credits. She has taught at Saint James Music Academy for the past several years where downtown eastside kids are provided free music lessons.
Trent Freeman grew up immersed in a range of regional fiddle styles that stretched from B.C. to Quebec. Though he was something of a child prodigy — having started violin lessons at age five — it wasn’t until he moved to bluegrass in his late teens that Freeman found his calling. An artistic breakthrough helped Comox-bred Freeman develop an affinity for improv and jazz — myriad influences that have come to light in The Fretless, an award-winning roots quartet he formed with his former classmates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In addition to his fruitful career with the Fretless, Freeman also tours and records as a solo artist. In typical fashion, both gigs have taken off: The Fretless has won at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Western Canadian Music Awards, while Freeman, as a solo performer, earned a Canadian Folk Music Award.
Adrian Dolan is multi-instrumentalist, producer, and arranger, based on Canada’s west coast. Classically trained on piano, violin and viola, Adrian also began pursuing traditional music on fiddle and accordion in his early teens, and audio production shortly thereafter. For 16 years, he has been a fixture in roots outfit The Bills. Their explorations of global folk styles and inventive original music have earned them two Juno Award nominations and two Western Canadian Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. Adrian can also be seen performing and touring with Winnipeg songwriter Ruth Moody, founding member of the acclaimed trio The Wailin Jennys.
Robin grew up in Victoria and had the good fortune of being mentored by renowned percussionist and educator Sal Ferreras at UVic as a teenager, studying classical percussion with a major focus on marimba. Robin soon fell in love with the rhythms of salsa and Latin percussion and followed this passion to the LA Music Academy where he studied jazz, latin and pop percussion before moving to Vancouver. Since 2008 Robin has become a regular fixture on the B.C. festival circuit, collaborating with a wide spectrum of folk and world artists. His recent touring engagements have led him to Europe, Mexico, China, the U.S. and Canada. He has followed his love of world music to Cuba, Guinea, Mali, and Mexico studying under master drummers and marimbists of those respective traditions. In his spare time, he is the senior percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Artistic Director of the World Rhythms for Youth Society.