Jim Fidler and the Gypsies

Jim Fidler and the Gypsies

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This group is fantastic!! A high level of experience and musicianship coupled with brilliant lyrics and original music. This high energy, professional group play everything from celtic and folk with hints of reggae thrown in.

Biography

A born musician, singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist, Jim Fidler lives on the north atlantic island of Newfoundland. From a complete loss of sight at the age of nine, Jim has exhibited much musical insight in the years since. In his childhood, he studied classical piano and music theory at the Maritime Conservatory of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia as an honours student and later, went on to various musical projects playing and producing everything from bluegrass to reggae, but, his main passion has always been Newfoundland and Labrador; her people and her culture.
As an independent recording artist, his first completely self-written,self-produced solo effort, "GYPSY", on which Jim sings and plays twelve different instruments, has won awards for "ALBUM OF THE YEAR" and "INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR" in Newfoundland And Labrador, a nomination for an East Coast Music award in the category "roots/traditional", and CBC Radio's national program "ROOTS AND WINGS" selected "GYPSY" as one of the top 25 albums from around the world in the fall of 1996.

In November, 1997, Jim signed a European record deal with Iona Records of Scotland. While Europe's Iona Records President Ronnie Simpson signed the contract in Scotland, Fidler signed in St. John's, at the two ends of a transatlantic video conference. "We expect a lot from musician-songwriter Jim Fidler and his knockout CD, Gypsy. We're putting Europe on notice that Newfoundland is the new home of the best in Celtic music," Simpson said.

"Jim is the first individual Newfoundland performer to sign an international record contract throughout Europe," said the Honourable Sandra Kelly, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. "We are very proud of Jim and his ability to combine the traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador with other styles to produce a unique and beautiful sound", she added.

Jim was featured as one of the star performers in the highly successful maiden run of Mirvish Productions' "NEEDFIRE" at Toronto's Princess of Wales theatre in the summer of 1998. In the show’s second advent at the Royal Alexandra theatre in Toronto in the winter of 2000, Jim is even more prominently featured.

Jim is also known for his work as producer/arranger with such acts as: "THE MASTERLESS MEN", "GREAT BIG SEA", "THE CELTIC CONNECTION" and Gayle Tapper. Additionally, Jim's percussion work is predominantly featured on the highly critically acclaimed solo album, "NA KEEN AFFAIR", by Bothy Band uilleann pipe great Paddy Keenan. Jim also produced an album for Eamonn Dillon, fellow Needfire performer and multiple all-Ireland uilleann pipe champion. Jim's most recent production is Atlantic Union, a talented group hailing from the UK and the US.

Discography

Jim Fidler - Gypsy - released 1995
Jim Fidler - Friendly Fire - released 2000
Musaik - In this World - released 2004