Katherine Moller

Katherine Moller

 Harvey, New Brunswick, CAN
DuoFolkAcoustic

Celtic fiddle with a classical twist: Katherine Moller has the heart and soul of a fiddler combined with the artistry and finesse of a classical violinist.

Biography

Award winning fiddler Katherine Moller is one of New Brunswick’s most versatile musicians. Whether she is playing traditional fiddle tunes in a crowded pub or the music of Bach on a concert stage, her love and respect for the instrument and its wide-spread appeal have brought her considerable acclaim as one of the province’s true fiddle ambassadors. 

After years of performing traditional fiddle tunes, Katherine has married her love of Celtic, Classical, and Baroque into her own compositions.  Performed with a simple guitar accompaniment, a string quartet, or a full orchestra, these original tunes range from soulful slow airs to toe tapping reels.  Her most recent album "Storm Queen" is comprised entirely of these new compositions with lush orchestral orchestration.  This album is a true representation of Katherine's music.

"An award winning teacher and performer, Moller is one of the few traditional musicians around to successfully bridge the gap between classical and Celtic playing styles. But while the influence of her classical training can be heard across her previous four recordings shaping her interpretation and execution of timeless jigs and reels as well as her own tunes, Storm Queen is the first of her albums to truly reflect the two distinct worlds that have become a defining aspect of her musical voice," says Matt Carter of the Grid City Magazine.

Katherine has often been compared to the Juno award-winning Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster as well as Alasdair Fraser, perhaps Scotland’s most revered master of the instrument. Both have long been musical heroes for Moller, who began playing at age six, but there is a richer complexity to her work than can be found in any one influence.

“Her love of music, whether it is fiddle music or violin music, shows in her approach to a great tune that gets her audience involved,” says Brenda McMinn, of the Daily Gleaner and This Week.

Similar praises have greeted the first four albums that Katherine recorded, beginning with Take the Happy Road, her 2007 debut. By Request followed in 2010, to rave reviews and a nomination for a MusicNB award. “The CD gives the listener a great mix of old-time traditional fiddle music,” MacMinn says, “from fast toe-tapping tunes to slow waltz selections.”

Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Haired followed in 2011, and along with it a coveted nomination for an ECMA award for roots/traditional solo album of the year as well as three more nominations for MusicNB Awards – including one for female recording artist of the year. Bowie, writing for The Daily Gleaner, named Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Haired as one of the year’s best. In 2012 she won MusicNB’s Classical Artist of the Year award. 

Katherine's CD "Greensleeves & Puddin' Pies" won the 2014 Music NB Award for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year.  Recorded in memory of her father, this proceeds from this album have been donated to local food banks in NB.

She started out as a youthful classical musician, steeped in the music’s age-old practices, only to discover a whole new world upon hearing McMaster and Ashley MacIsaac performing one summer at a festival in Nova Scotia. Later, Katherine earned a degree in music theory at McGill University in Montreal, but also studied fiddle in Ireland after receiving a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. A new voice, one that combined elements of both traditions, was born.

Katherine also finds collaborative inspiration in broader musical contexts. She’s appeared with Symphony NB, the Atlantic Sinfonia, Seasons Baroque Ensemble, the Early Music Studio of Saint John, and Celtic band Different Folk, among others. That ability to fit seamlessly into a larger mosaic of sound is borne out of an unabashed life-long affection for music, and it plays out not just on stage, but also in the classroom.

Katherine is active in teaching around her hometown of Fredericton, NB, Canada, providing private lessons and running programs at local schools – both focused on shaping the careers of youthful musicians. She has, over the years, also opened a teaching studio at the Charlotte St. Arts Centre, and founded and directed the Fredericton Fiddle Orchestra as well as the York Early Music Ensemble.  in 2015 she was recognized as "Educator of the Year" by Music NB.

“Katherine Moller is an essential member of the Tay Creek Folk Festival family. Her exceptional talent and outstanding command of her violin make her a favourite with us and our audiences, and we look forward to her returning to entertain us year after year.” - Jenny Jobbins, Festival coordinator, Tay Creek Folk Festival

Katherine’s music is so much more than just four strings and a bow.

Lyrics

Birch Island Bandit

Written By: Katherine Moller

No Lyrics

Discography

Take the Happy Road (2007) - CD of traditional and original fiddle music
By Request (2010) - CD of Old Tyme music
Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Haired (2011) - CD of traditional and original fiddle music

Radio airplay:
CBC Radio (Daybreak, Weekeend Mornings, Information Morning Fredericton and Saint John)
CFBX in Kamloops, BC
East Coast Music Show - KHJ (1260AM), Fredericton, NB
Home Brew - The Tide (98.1FM) St. Stephen, NB
Irish Horizons - CKWR (98.5FM) Kitchener, Ontario

On-line radio:
Women of Substance Radio (http://www.wosradio.com)
Celtic Roots Radio (http://www.celticrootsradio.com)
Womens Radio (http://www.womensradio.com)

Set List

Sets are typically from 45 minutes to an hour in length, and a typical show would include from 1 to 3 sets.

1. Out on the Ocean – Traditional
Stan Chapman’s Jig – Jerry Holland
The Tipsy Sailor – William Morrison
Owny’s Best Jig – Traditional
Calliope House – Dave Richardson

2. Lad O’Beirne’s – Ed Reavy
The Honeysuckle – Traditional
The Galway Hornpipe – Traditional
Harvest Home – Traditional

3. Red Haired Boy – Traditional
Mrs. MacLeod of Raasay – Traditional
The High Road to Linton – Traditional

4. Roslin Castle – Traditional

5. Take the Happy Road – Katherine Moller
I Know Where I’m Going – Katherine Moller
The Rambling Pitchfork – Traditional
Top of Cork Road – Traditional
Banish Misfortune – Traditional

6. Paresis – Traditional
Catharsis – Amy Cann
Opus 57 – David Grisman

7. Da Slockit Light - Tom Anderson

8. Irish Washerwoman - Traditional
The Golden Rod Jig - Wildred Gillis
Little Pickle - J . Lowe

9. John Ryan's Polka - Tradit