Kelli Trottier
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Kelli Trottier

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"Krazy about Kelli"

Although the crowd loved John McDermott, there did not seem to be the usual rush to get to the headliner when Kelli was performing. The festival was later overwhelmed by calls and emails saying how much they enjoyed this multi-talented performer.
(Festival of the Islands, Gananoque, ON) - Janet Saunders

"A great Success"

Kelli's music has a special quality and sparkle that is absolutely fresh and totally entertaining. The rapport she creates with the audience is a very special style and remains unique to her own performance. - Roger Gipson

"Glengarry Highland Games"

Kelli's professionalism and talents were extremely well received by the audience and by the entertainment committee. Many of those who attended, singled her out as the High light of the weekend. It is our intention to have Kelli Trottier be the "Headliner" of next year's Glengarry Highland Games. - Dale Munro

"Fan Feedback"

I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your concert tonight. It was a wonderful evening - cozy and warm. Your natural style with the audience made it extra special. As we sat listening to you and watching you, many of us experienced a unique feeling. It ws as if we were witnessing a great Canadian talent that was about to skyrocket and we were there to see the launching. - Unknown in Warkworth, ON

"Kelli Trottier brings her blend of music to Athens"

When 80,000 fiddle fans petitioned the CBC to play more of the music they love on the radio, Kelli Trottier was one of a half a dozen acts they begged for.

One person said, "coming to the show was the best thing she'd done since she went up in a hot air balloon" - Megan Gillis

"Trottier Comes Up Front"

Angel-voiced Celtic Star steps out of the wings:
She's got a French Canadian Surname, is known as a Celtic musician but writes contemporary folk-country music. - Greg Burliok

"Unknown here, Kelli Trottier melds traditional and country"

"If she lived in Nashville, she'd be giving Alison Krauss a run for her money"
Kelli Trottier is a rare talent in contemporary music.
Taking nothing away from two other successful Canadian fiddlers, Natalie MacMaster or April Verch, Trottier adds the elements of songwriting and stepdancing to these talents. - Art Edelstein, Barre VT


Kelli Trottier - 1996
Bridges - 2000
Daddy's Little Girl - 2002
Now - 2006
Still Point (with Gordon Stobbe & Greg Sim) - 2008



Born and raised in the hotbed of musical tradition and innovation that is Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, Kelli Trottier discovered her passion for entertaining, learned her craft, and developed her distinctive style while still right at home.

Today, Kelli’s talent carries her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Far North, where she makes fans and friends at every venue along the way.

Kelli’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of step dance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed.

The fiddle was a natural extension of the dance; you just can't have one without the other. And who better to learn from than the senior masters of Celtic and Scottish traditional music. Kelli learned well and then embraced the exuberant rhythmic fiddle and step dance styles of the French Canadian pioneers.

Every musical family needs a singer-songwriter and Kelli’s family is fortunate that she has an amazing ear, a beautifully clear, natural voice, and the desire to use that voice at every opportunity. Learning songs she loved from artists she admired, Kelli gave them wings with her effortlessly-developing style, and soon started writing and performing her own.

Developing her art from these deep and lasting roots, while allowing the influences of contemporary music to help shape her performing and recording career, has earned Kelli a dedicated and growing following along with glowing accolades from promoters, organizers and fans.

No stranger to the stage, Kelli was featured as the lead female in the Toronto musical production SwingStep. She is featured annually in the Starbright Christmas Show ( and tours North America with the very successful Bowfire ( entourage, rejoining them in March 2009 in Ontario, Canada. Kelli’s soaring vocal pieces are, for many fans, a highlight of the Bowfire productions, which are often described as, “the finest lineup of fiddle and violin virtuosi ever assembled on one stage." Kelli’s is the beautiful voice on the Bowfire songs, “The Line” and “Mist Covered Mountains.”

Kelli has performed for Canadian soldiers in the Middle East and for the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. She has brought 20,000 NHL Ottawa Senators Fans to their feet many times as the featured mid-game entertainer.

In addition to her extensive performing experience, Kelli continues to be a highly sought-after instructor and judge of fiddle and step dance events across Canada and parts of the U.S. She has been nominated three times for Fiddle Player of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association and is featured instrumentally and vocally on many studio recordings for other artists.

All of this experience results from Kelli’s true passion: performing and touring her music with her band. Time and again these performances earn glowing reviews, requests to return and always more fans!

Promoting her six independent recordings; singing, dancing and playing her way to the top of her musical genre, Kelli Trottier is an unforgettable and enchanting artist, consistently delivering performances that raise her stature in the hearts and memories of audiences everywhere.

For more about Kelli Trottier, visit her official website at: and on MySpace at