Zav RT

Zav RT

 Calgary, Alberta, CAN

Spacious & Spunky! This head turning duo plays fresh west coast folk with celtic roots, world influences, and a dash of jazz. 5 string fiddola, groovin guitar, soulful songs and entrancing presence. 2007 & 2005 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee, 2006 & 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards Nominee


Zav RT is an innovative, spunky violist and composer who is putting the sound of West Coast Folk on the international map. Andy Hillhouse sings like an angel and plays guitar with creative depth and groove. Together, they create exceptionally evocative original acoustic music, infused with life and emotion.

RT and Hillhouse have recorded a stunning new album “Spark” on the Dog My Cat Record label; the album features the original music of RT and Hillhouse, and the rich sound of the Jaime's 5 string “fiddola” paired with Hillhouse's unique guitar style. RT's debut album “Reach” and the duo album “Spark” have both received Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations, great reviews, and are favourites of CBC Radio.

“What I like most about both Reach and Spark is their originality. I like the tunes, the arrangements, the sound of the fiddola... Spark is too modest a title for this blazing collection of fine melodies; a conflagration of great tunes.” Roman Tacik, Regina's Might Shores

Zav also tours internationally playing fiddola and keys with Canadian folk legend James Keelaghan, and has shared the stage with Liz Carrol, Martin Hayes, Alasdair Fraser, Oliver Schroer, Daniel Lapp, Pierre Schryer, Colin Adjun, Catriona MacDonald, Jerry Holland, and Yves Lambert. Her original writing is winning international composing accolades, and her music has been featured on several films and radio stations around the globe, including CBC's Vinyl Cafe and the theme song for CBC 2's North by Northwest.

“Her own music is intensely personal and aims to weave the listener into the fabric of life...while her music is infused with traditional folk elements, it's not confined by standard conventions.” The Gulf Islands Driftwood

Zav RT is not only a dynamic performer but also loves to share music with kids, through teaching and school shows.  She is often found treking with fiddle teaching traditional fiddling in the Northwest Territories, or enthusiastically working her magic at fiddle camps.  Fiddleworks is her non-profit society, dedicated to sharing the joy of music, building life skills and developing community through innovative fiddle education and music camps. She hosts one of the West Coast's most successful fiddle camps, now in it's 12th year with over 150 participants. RT is passionate & fun.

Together, Zav & Daniel create music that moves your feet or your soul.  Guaranteed.


-Jaime RT & Andy Hillhouse "SPARK", Dog My Cat Records, released April 2007, distributd by Fusion3.

-Jaime RT "Reach", Dog My Cat Records 2005 (distributed by Fusion3). Nominated for 2005 Canadian Folk Music Awards, best solo instrumental album, and a 2006 Western Canadian Music Award (outstanding instrumental recording).

-Pacific Music Sampler: CelticFest Vancouver, Celtic West (Skittles at Buckley Bay, Jaime RT).

-Radio airplay: Quantum Curry, Forest Ridge, Skittles at Buckley Bay, Butterfly/Talking Cat, Les Patates Brulees/Reel de la Pistroli/A Potato for Emile, Dragonfly, As the Sun Was Setting, Stella & Sophie, Cahoots/Joyce of Chocolate

Set List

We usually play 2 or 3 45 minute sets. A set might include 80% original and 20% traditional music from our albums, plus the newest latest greatest.

We also have a large repertoire of traditional Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Old Time, Metis, and Swing music. Andy can sing anything, from Mozart to Van Morrison.