Gordon, originally from Saskatchewan, has made his home on the East Coast of Canada since 1977. His musical interests lie in the ﬁeld of traditional music, especially as it is expressed in the wide variety of North American ﬁddle styles. He plays several instruments including ﬁddle, mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. His musical career is wide and varied. Gordon travels to the Canadian North working with First Nations and Inuit children in Nunavut, the Yukon, Northern Manitoba and the Northwest Territories . Gordon has been an invited judge and Master of Ceremonies at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championships, as well as adjudicating at the Nova Scotia Kiwanis and other festivals. He is also interested in the connection between traditional instrumental music and dance. He can often be found calling a square dance. This year, Gordon Stobbe was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of his lifelong work in the Canadian fiddle community.
A stranger to none in the ﬁddle world, this established artist continues to make waves and inroads all across Canada. His performances, while steeped in tradition, have taken ﬁddle music to a new and exciting level! Growing up in rural Saskatchewan surrounded by ﬁddle music, this tradition is now reﬂected in his own playing and his passion for the music. Much of the winter months JJ gives workshops and performs across Canada. He can also be found teaching ﬁddle to youth in Manitoba through the Frontier School Division, and for The Kole Crook Fiddle Association in the NWT. Summertime ﬁnds him featured at festivals, concerts and ﬁddle camps all across Canada from New Brunswick to British Columbia and all stops in between. This extensive work schedule allows him to meet many fans, consequently, this has made him an attraction on the Canadian ﬁddle circuit!
Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, she began playing music at the age of 9 and unlike most fiddlers, started playing violin an opposite way, or cross fiddle style as she is naturally left handed. After a few years of excelling at playing fiddle tunes left handed, she started to study classical music where it was recommended she switched to the conventional way of playing, right handed. Nellie studied classical music for 3 years before deciding to return to her first love, folk music.
Hailing from a musical family, Nellie inherited her great grandfather’s fiddle on which she has explored and become proficient in many different genres of music, recording with Indie Band ‘Italian Edition’ and recording her original tunes and traditional folk music Nellie Quinn produced her first EP entitled ‘From Past to Present’. Nellie has played with many prestigious groups including the ‘British Columbia Fiddle Orchestra’ which performed for over 40,000 people at the Victoria Canada day celebrations. ‘Twisted String’; a string group formed by Juno-nominated composer Oliver Schroer as well as “Fiddle Band” from Newcastle University performing at Celtic Connections 2010 in Scotland. Most recently Nellie has toured the US & Canada with Celtic Rock band ‘The Town Pants’.
Geoff Horrocks has been deeply involved in Canada’s fiddle community for many years, and is familiar to many players as one of the country’s best-known pianists. He has accompanied many renowned players on stage and in the recording studio. He also spent many years teaching fiddle in remote communities in Canada’s northern territories, and has taught at many fiddle camps across the country.
In recent years Geoff has focused his attention on teaching private and group lessons in fiddle, guitar, and piano. As a teacher, Geoff works from a deeply-held belief that everyone can learn to play the fiddle, and he has a particular interest in the learning needs of adult beginners. He also believes that learning to play a musical instrument is an excellent way to awaken, stimulate, and strengthen brain function. The learning materials developed by Cross Canada Fiddle are designed to appeal to visual, aural, and physical learners alike.
Trish Horrocks studied violin performance at the University of Victoria and Western University in London, Ontario.
Trish has taught violin and viola privately and in groups since 1997. She has been a fixture at many Canadian fiddle camps and summer workshops, and was an active teacher with the Kole Crook Fiddle Association in the Northwest Territories for many years. Trish is also a passionate Suzuki violin/viola teacher who has completed several levels of teacher training. The materials and resources developed by Cross Canada Fiddle are deeply informed by this experience. Trish enjoys writing arrangements of fiddle music that are designed to get players of all ages and ability making music together.
Quin began his musical journey at age 6 when he started Suzuki violin private lessons with Trish Horrocks as well as beginner fiddle group lessons at the Nanaimo Conservatory. After one year of classical violin it was clear that Quin was destined to be a fiddler and he henceforth focused all his energy and education on fiddle music. He has been taking lessons since then with Trish and Geoff Horrocks of Cross Canada Fiddle.
Quin has recently been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the category Young Performer of the Year for his album Embark, which was released in May of 2017. Quin is also a member of Fiddelium. www.fiddelium.com
Most days you can find Quin in his music room with his fiddle, guitar, mandolin and loop pedal working on existing tunes or creating new ones for his next album. He hopes to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston upon graduation. www.quinwithonen.com