"In the hands of Gillian Boucher, the violin becomes a vehicle of transportation for the mind... Her lyrical approach and sensitivity transcends genres and cultures, transporting listeners to far off exotic places accessible only in imagination."
- Glenn Meisner, CBC Radio
Recipient of the Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year Award at the 2009 Nova Scotia Music Week Conference and Awards and nominee for a 2010 East Coast Music Award in the same category, Gillian Boucher has been traveling the world with her violin in hand since the age of 15. After living abroad for a number of years, Gillian now resides in her home province of Nova Scotia where she recorded her debut album Elemental with producer Glenn Meisner at CBCs Studio H in Halifax. With a broad range of musical influences, this progressive yet easy-listening album seamlessly blends Celtic and contemporary sounds with hints of Eastern European styles and a touch of jazz.
Originally from Inverness County, Gillian was born into a family steeped in Cape Breton traditional music and language. Her grandfather and one of the founders of the esteemed Broad Cove Scottish concert, Lauchie MacLellan, was a renowned Gaelic singer and storyteller. Gillian first held the violin at the age of five while attending the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts in St. Annes, Cape Breton and has since toured Scotland, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia. She has shared the stage with Battlefield Band, Capercaillie, Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac, Tom Paxton, Mary Jane Lamond and many more.
While living in Edinburgh, Gillian founded the all-girl band Maysha and was a featured performer on Scotland's Television Programme 'Tacsi'. Gillan's music can also be found on Foot Stompin' Records album 'Heat the Hoose Volume 2' and on Irish Fiddle virtuoso Manus McGuire's albums 'Saphire and Blue' and Fiddlewings. In 2007 Gillian joined the team of New Scotland Productions in Nova Scotia and was a member of Celtic Angels at Christmas, aired by BRAVO! and Vision TV.
Some notable performances include the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC, a performance of Song of the Year at the New Zealand APRA Awards, and a fundraising event with guests including the British Ambassador in Manila, Philippines. In October 2009, Gillian teamed up with harmonica genius Brendan Power (Sting, Van Morrison) and guitar virtuoso Andrew White, taking audiences by storm at Celtic Colours International Festival and brought audiences to their feet in enthusiastic applause showcasing with her full band during Nova Scotia Music Week 2009 in Yarmouth.
This past July, Gillian was a guest performer for the Canadian Ambassador of Turkey's Canada Day Celebrations in Ankara, Turkey. Her performance and collaboration with the Black Sea Dance group received such critical international media attention in the form of Newspaper, Radio and Television interviews, that she is planning to revisit the country later in the year for a number of festivals and concerts, collaborating again with local Turkish musicians.
In January, 2011, Gillian's five piece band will be featured at Showcase Scotland, an even hosted by the largest mid-winter festival in the world, Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. In short, this will be a busy and exciting year for Boucher, whose musical expression, diversity and ability knows no bounds.
Elemental (CBC 2008)