Canada 150 – Two Step (written music)

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by Kelli
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Hi Everyone and happy Spring to you!

It always amazes me how quickly spring appears after what seems like such a long wait.

I wanted to share this little tune with you that I wrote for Canada’s 150th birthday!  I hope that you’ll enjoy it and share it with your friends, neighbours and fellow musicians.  It’s fun to play and I sure hope to play it with some of you this year!!!

Thanks for dropping by,  Kelli

The music is in my “Gallery” page of the website but just in case, here it is again:

Fiddle Camps already and prep for Canada’s Fiddling Day!

Posted on: February 17th, 2017 by Kelli

Hello!   I can’t believe it takes me so long to visit my own site!  That’s awful.  Thank you for your patience and for checking in.

I am just back from Shivering Strings in Truro, NS.  It was the 8th annual and it continues to grow!  Great to see so many familiar faces and to meet new folks every year too!

We are starting to get geared up here in Kingston in preparation for National Fiddling Day in May.  I hope you are scoping out the possibilities in your areas as well.

I have written a new tune for Canada’s 150th birthday!  Now I just have to get it from “my head” to “a piece of paper”.  That’s always the harder part.  Stay tuned and I will try to post it somewhere soon!

Stay warm and enjoy our beautiful winter season!  If you can’t, I hope you take a little trip somewhere warmer!    I will try to “stop by” again soon!    he he,     Kelli

Another Year of Reflection

Posted on: December 9th, 2016 by Kelli

Well another year has come and gone and once again, I feel so grateful that I had a chance to share music and friendship with so many of you.  I was able to travel many times to the East Coast of Canada and enjoy judging the Grand North American Fiddle Competition in Alberta for the first time!

Another highlight this year was performing at the Isabel Bader Centre here in Kingston as part of the International Violin Festival.  I shared that honour with Ashley MacIsaac, Madori, The Zukerman Trio and many other amazing musicians.

I hope that you have had a chance to enjoy some firsts this year and that you are preparing for a healthy and happy New Year ahead!  I sure hope to see you soon.  Merry Christmas!   Kelli

Online Concert, Dec 10th!

Posted on: December 4th, 2015 by Kelli

Hope you’ll join me on Thursday, Dec 10th for my second online concert!

I will have two of my Mushy Peas with me for a short, intimate show and the best part is,we all get to stay home!   Grab your favourite glass of cheer and your cozy clothes, maybe even have some friends in and join me for a 40 min (or so) show to bring in the Holiday Season!

Go to this link to buy your ticket now!

https://www.concertwindow.com/shows/10637-kelli-trottier

Be sure to get a confirmation so that you know you signed up correctly!  It’s easy and people are there to help with any technical issues!  Hope to see you then!   Dec 10 – 8 p.m.  EST

OH and if you’re still shopping….. grab one of my Christmas Cd’s,  My Taking Time CD or my new Stepdance DVD!   Best wishes for the Holiday season and for the Year ahead!!!!  Kelli

Step Dance DVD available! Online Concert coming up!

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Kelli

DVD Front Cover

Just in time for Christmas,  my Instructional Stepdance DVD is now available!  It has been a long time coming and I’m so excited to finally share this work with you!  It is geared toward beginner  and intermediate levels and fun for everyone.  I hope you’ll grab one for yourself and order some for your friends and family!   Drop me a note kelli@kellitrottier.com to order yours today!

I also have an online concert coming up again with two of my Mushy Peas!  We will be performing on Concert Window for their Home for the Holidays online festival.  Please grab your comfy clothes, a glass of wine and cuddle up by the fire to join us in your home on December 10th!  See the details on my events page!

Hope you can join us and I hope you’ll enjoy my DVD release!!!   I sure hope it gets a little colder so that we can start to imagine the Christmas season!  Ho ho ho!

So It’s official….. Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee!

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by Kelli

What an experience it was to be Inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame on Sept 27!  I was very honoured to have been chosen for this but had no idea how moving and exciting the actual Event would be.

Leading up to the Induction evening, I enjoyed the International Plowing Match with my Mushy Peas in Finch, ON.   We had a full house (well a full tent) for both of our shows on the main stage.  The crowd was so warm and inviting and we shared many laughs over the course of the afternoon.  Thank you all for coming out!

The Bereaved Families Gala in Cornwall on the Saturday was another beautiful and moving event. It is a wonderful evening bringing joy and friends together for a great cause.  It was a pleasure to be a part of this event again.

By Sunday afternoon,  arriving at the Centerpoint Theatre in Nepean, ON,  I was feeling a little sluggish.  Once I entered the Theatre though and felt the positive energy from the other artists and everyone involved in the “making” of this event,  I couldn’t help but be rejuvenated!

The Country Music Hall of Fame Event and Inductions were absolutely first class all the way.  Congratulations to everyone involved for putting together a seamless and highly entertaining show!  I was really blown away by the number of people involved and the organization that was necessary to pull off such a captivating event.

Thank you to everyone at Heritage Valley Radio for the huge role you played in this event and for your support in my career.

The level of musicianship on stage was second to none and it was a thrill to be backed by them all for my own performance.  Thank you to Brian Hebert for doing such a great job as band leader.

Bobby Lalonde delivered my Induction speech and did a wonderful job.  I received a beautiful plaque and gorgeous photographed portrait as gifts from the OVCMHOF.  Both incredibly special keepsakes.

Thank you to everyone involved in the evening and to so many of my friends and fans who came out to show their support.  I was blown away by seeing so many of you!

It was a night I will never forget.  Thank you Everyone for this Honour……   and the validation that I chose the right path!

International Plowing Match & Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame

Posted on: September 21st, 2015 by Kelli

Look at this!  ME blogging twice in one month!

I just wanted to share my excitement about the weekend ahead.

If you’ve never attended an International Plowing Match, you should really try to check it out in Finch, ON.  I believe things may already be underway there.  I will be performing with three of my Peas on Friday afternoon and would love to see you!

Saturday night, we will be performing at the Annual Gala for Bereaved Families of Cornwall.  It is a magical evening on every level and it is a real honour to be able to be a part of this very important cause.  Do check it out in case you’re still free to join us.

Sunday, I will be in Ottawa preparing for my Induction into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame.  There will be presentations and performances but the inductees and other great musicians from the area.  Would love to see you there too!

After that, I will be in touch and keep you updated on the step dance DVD as soon as it is available!

Enjoy this beautiful season!  Kelli

International Plowing Match & Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame

Posted on: September 7th, 2015 by Kelli

So September is here!  It’s always unbelievable to me how quickly the summer seems to fly by. Yet, when I think about things that I did in June, it feels like a year ago.  How does that work?

If you’re looking for something to do this coming weekend, please join me at the Blue Skies Adult Music Camp.  Songwriting with Lynn Myles, guitar workshops with Keith Glass and fiddle workshops with me!   Should be a great weekend.  I’m really looking forward to the new experience.

If you’ve never been to a Plowing Match, head out to Finch later this month for the International Plowing Match.  There is much to see and learn and great music throughout the week.  I’ll be there with my Mushy Peas!

I’m realizing that my Induction into the Ottawa Valley Music Hall of Fame is just around the corner too!  I guess that means that it is really happening!  I still can’t quite believe it.  It’s a huge honour and I am extremely humbled to be receiving it.

I know I will see many of you there.  Thank you all for your interest and support in my music. This type of thing only happens because of you!  Thank you!!!!!!    Enjoy the cooler weather to come! Kelli

More Summer shows!

Posted on: August 5th, 2015 by Kelli

I can’t believe it’s August already and I haven’t booked a holiday!  I guess when my work brings me so much joy and happiness, I forget sometimes that I’m actually working!

If you’ve never been to Westben, just outside of Campbellford, ON,  please check it out.  It’s a beautiful old barn converted into a theatre with sides that open to allow sunshine and fresh air through.  It is a classy venue and set up.

The Mushy Peas and I played Westben last weekend and realized it was exactly 15 years ago, to the day, that we did our first ever show together at the Glengarry Highland Games!  I am so lucky to have them on my team!

We are preparing for the Enterprise Jamboree this weekend and then on to the Shelburne Fiddle Contest after that to perform two shows.  I know it will be a reunion of fellow fiddlers as always.

Cobden Fair and the Canadian Grand Masters’ Fiddle Camp will wrap up my summer schedule but it looks to be a busy fall season ahead too!

If you’re anywhere around the Kingston area in September, check out the Blue Skies Adult Music Camp in Battersea.  I will be teaching there with Lynn Myles and Keith Glass.   Should be a great new experience!

The International Plowing Match has us performing in Finch in late September.  That’s always a fun and interesting event.   Following that will be the Bereaved Families of Cornwall Annual Gala which is an incredible and magical evening for a wonderful Cause.

My busy season wraps up with my Induction into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame!  I don’t think that has hit me yet!!!!  It will SOON I’m sure!

Enjoy your summer and I hope to see you over the next month or so!  Thanks for stopping by.  Drop me a note any time.  I will try to check in soon!   Cheers, Kelli

National Fiddling Day (Fiddle Bill – two step) East Coast camps and Ontario Events

Posted on: June 12th, 2015 by Kelli

There must be a better way to stay on top of these blogs!  My apologies for the long delays.  I thank you for continuing to check in from time to time.   If you want to stay a little more on top of what’s happening, please sign up for my newsletter.  I am quite dependable to get that out once a month!

So the First National Fiddle Day was  celebrated across the Country and I’m proud to say that I wrote a tune to commemorate the occasion!  It spread far and wide in a matter of days and hours and I couldn’t be happier to hear all of you out there playing and sharing it.  Thank you!

I am just back from the East coast and enjoyed two fiddle camps and two house concerts.

It was a pleasure to play a couple of shows with Skip Holmes!  We have taught together for many years but never had the opportunity to play together!  thanks Skip for doing such a great job.

I taught at my first camp in Cape Breton last weekend for another first to add to the collection. What an honour it was to be a part of such a talented group of musicians and teachers!  Dwayne Cote put on a incredible show, as did Roger Stone, Allie Bennett, Richard Wood and many more! I had a great time and hope to do it again some time!  They even made me an Honorary Cape Bretoner!

Now home for a rest before getting busy with Band performances this summer (Check out Westben!) along with another camp in Clear Lake, Manitoba and of course, the Grand Masters!

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful spring/Summer!   Cheers to you!  Kelli