Nathan Condon
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Nathan Condon

Kensington, Prince Edward Island, Canada | SELF

Kensington, Prince Edward Island, Canada | SELF
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2002 - A Feeling Comes Over Me
2005 - Playing In The Sand

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I am a 28 year old fiddler from Kensington , Prince Edward Island , Canada. I began playing the fiddle when I was 7 years old. I have had three teachers over the years, and all have had very different styles. I have found my passion to be the Old Time Music. My favourite players would have to be Don Messer and Ned Landry.

I released my first CD in July 2002, called a "Feeling Comes Over Me". The title of the CD says it all for me, when I pick up my fiddle and play, an awesome feeling comes over me. I am beginning to enjoy writing my own tunes, one of which is on my CD and is called "Warming Up The Bow".

I have had many highlights in the last 10 years. The Best Of the Island Showcase in May 2002 received raved reviews. The next would have to be my CD release in July 2002. I did the recording at Sandcastle Studio in Borden PEI. In November 2002 I performed at the Prince Edward Island Music Awards held at The Confederation Centre. That summer I have been extremely busy playing all over the Island. I have had 2 highlights that summer, the first one would be opening for the Irish Descendents at a concert in July, the second would be , becoming the very proud owner of a LePage Violin. Richard LePage certainly is a master at crafting violins. I would like to add, I have never played or heard another instrument that came close to this violin. Richard and his wife Mary reside in Flat River, PEI.

In Nov. of 2003 I was nominated for five PEI Music Awards. I walked away with three of them including New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (A Feeling Comes Over Me) and Instrumental Album of the Year. I also performed during the show. It was a shock to get nominated but to actually get three awards was a thrill.

In Feb. 2004 I went over to St. John's, Newfoundland to take part in the East Coast Music Awards. I played two venues including one with the well known group The Fables. It was a very memorable trip and I also learned a lot from it. As well in the summer of 2004 I played with the man that I look up to in music. That mans name is Mr. Ned Landry. In November of 2004, I was nominated for two awards.

In Feb. 2005 I went to Sydney, Cape Breton to play at the East Coast Music Awards. I had played various venues while I was over there. I had met some great contacts and some very nice people. The experience is one of the best I had!
This past winter I recorded another album. This album is still the traditional style but has more help on it from great musicians. The name of the album is Playin' In The Sand. I had more input on this album including helping produce it with Bob Stright. I also play guitar on the album and sing. It is a great accomplishment with my music.

I have also played for Prince Edward of England and the honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, and Mr Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada.

The last number of years I have played many venues. I was a member of the bluegrass band Bluestreak. We had done many shows over the Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec. We were multi PEI Music award winners and Multi ECMA nominees.


Mike Pendergast has kept me busy over the last year playing shows on the Island as well as Johnny Oliver.
As I noted above, I have recorded two albums and currently recording another one this winter. I have played backup fiddle on a few albums including two of Johnny Oliver's, Gay Hood, Neil Matthews, Peter Burke, Brandon Gillis and Bad Habits.