Canadian folk fiddler Nellie Quinn is quickly gaining attention as an outstanding musician, captivating performer and versatile interpreter of Canadian traditional musics. At the age of 20, Nellie belies her young years through the depth and maturity of her music, no doubt a result of traveling across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom to study under some of the best fiddler players of today.
Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, she began playing music at the age of 9 and unlike most fiddlers, started playing violin an opposite way, or cross fiddle style as she is naturally left handed. After a few years of excelling at playing fiddle tunes left handed, she started to study classical music where it was recommended she switched to the conventional way of playing, right handed. Nellie studied classical music for 3 years before deciding to return to her first love, folk music.
Hailing from a musical family, Nellie inherited her great grandfather's fiddle on which she has explored and become proficient in many different genres of music, recording with Indie Band ‘Italian Edition’ and recording her original tunes and traditional folk music on her bands recently released CD ‘From Past to Present’. Nellie has played with many prestigious groups including the ‘British Columbia Fiddle Orchestra’ which performed for over 40,000 people at the Victoria Canada day celebrations and ‘Twisted String’; a string group formed by Juno-nominated composer Oliver Schroer.
As an active musician in the Canadian folk scene, Nellie has had the great opportunity to compose and perform with some of Canada’s most influential fiddlers over the past several years. She has performed on stage with such fiddlers as; Gordon Stobbe, Oliver Schroer, Daniel Lapp and Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and learned from luminaries such as Mark O’Connor, Ashley MacIsaac, Darol Anger, Catriona MacDonald, Jerry Holland, Shane Cook, Calvin Vollrath, Patti Lamoureux, John Arcand and Ivonne & Kalissa Hernandez to name but a few.
Nellie has strong roots in Canadian folk music traditions such as Cape Breton, Quebecois, Métis (indigenous first people of Canada) and Old Time music which puts her in high demand as a fiddle teacher. In 2009 Nellie studied in New York to become a practitioner of Mark O’Connor’s Violin Method. Through her understanding and awareness of these genres she has developed and nurtured an individual style of playing which draws and shows respect for all these traditions whilst creating something vibrant, exciting and different. An evening of music from Nellie is an experience not be forgotten and is guaranteed to get your feet tapping.
Accompanied by guitar and/ or cello. Band members vary depending on type of performance and of course which country the event takes place in.
Recently released 6-track EP: Nellie Quinn 'From Past to Present' (2010)
Deep Cove Folk Club - Canada
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Nellie Quinn played at the Deep Cove Folk club with Quinn Bachand as the main feature in May 2009. ...Nellie Quinn played at the Deep Cove Folk club with Quinn Bachand as the main feature in May 2009.
Nellie has played on our stage before as an Open Stage act and I was struck this time by how much her music and playing had developed and matured.
She performed traditional songs superbly, keeping an eye on original structure, but as well offering her own strong interpretations. As well her own compositions were original and engrossing, and showed a strong knowledge of the history of this musical genre.
Apart from her musicianship Nellie also showed a very strong stage presence, offering information on her set list, and interacting well with the audience.
She was joined in this concert by Quinn Bachand, who in my opinion, like Nellie is developing on the fiddle, is a virtuoso player on the guitar. The combination of the two players was incredibly dynamic.
Nellie presented a strong show which won over the audience, performing her music in a style which acknowledged tradition while offering inventiveness, originality and sophistication.
Enough repertoire to perform for over 3 hours.
-Traditional Folk (Metis, Old-time, French Canadian, Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish)
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