Back from the West

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by Kelli

Just home from two weeks of work in the West.

I had a great time teaching at FiddlyNess at Ness Creek.   The first annual fiddle camp there.  It won’t be the last!  It was a great spot and everyone was wonderful to work and play with.

Enjoyed two shows in SK with Troy MacGilliveray and Jake Charron.   Good music and great laughs along the way.  Two people I would love to see more of, for sure.   Thank you to Cathy Sproule for setting everything up for us.  She can really make things happen and DOES!

Thank you to Daria Watkin and everyone at Clear Lake for another great fiddle week.  We have really become a big family there and it is a reunion every year.  Thank you to all of our students and to everyone who helped out through the week.

I had to come home for a rest but I came home with great pictures and more wonderful memories.

Now….. to focus on Band work coming up!!!!  I hope you’re all enjoying the summer season.  We can’t complain about the heat after the winter we had.

Hope to see you all before the end of the season.  Cheers, Kelli

National Fiddling Day Bill at the Senate, with Senator Hubley, Ivan Hicks, Calvin Vollrath and Sherry Johnson

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 by Kelli

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What an incredible experience and once in a lifetime opportunity!

Now….. It’s back to work and off to Saskatchewan and Manitoba to spread more of this wonderful Canadian music!

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by Kelli
NATIONAL FIDDLING DAY ?????   We are one step closer!  Check this out….. Such an honour to have been one of three Canadian Fiddlers invited to be involved in this meeting and demonstration.  Incredible experience!!!!   There is a link at the very bottom that will hopefully work for you!    Have a great day!  Kelli
June 19, 2014
National Fiddling Day Bill Passes in the Senate
Today, in the Senate Chamber, Senator Elizabeth Hubley’s private member’s bill, S-218, An Act respecting National Fiddling Day, passed third reading, receiving unanimous consent. The bill will now be sent to the House of Commons for further study.
This enactment would designate the third Saturday in May in each and every year as “National Fiddling Day.”
A truly unique committee hearing took place on June 18, 2014 and featured a few of Canada’s finest fiddlers. Calvin Vollrath from St. Paul’s, Alberta; Kelli Trottier, from Kingston, Ontario; Ivan Hicks from Moncton, New Brunswick; and Dr. Sherry Johnson an Associate Music Professor at York University.
Senator Hubley believes a National Fiddling Day would give Canada an opportunity to celebrate the fiddle as an instrument and also to celebrate fiddling itself, the men and women who bring this music to life, the entertainment, the coming together of family, friends and community, and the celebration of our unique and distinctive culture which finds such a melodic expression through the fiddle.
“I am absolutely delighted with the passage of this legislation. Fiddling has a rich history in our country, one which I believe needs to be recognized and celebrated. I envision a National Fiddling Day, where fiddlers give back to their communities by entertaining and sharing their talents to make people happy, to lift their spirits, and to celebrate the unifying nature of this country through the magic of music and the universality of this beautiful instrument.” - Honourable Elizabeth Hubley, Senator, Prince Edward Island
“When touring Canada, I am always amazed at how our country is united coast to coast to coast by the fiddle. It is part of so many unique traditions and every culture. I am proud to support this proposal for a National Fiddling Day.” - Natalie MacMaster, Internationally Acclaimed, Award Winning Fiddler from Troy, in Inverness County, Nova Scotia

Greenery, Flowers, Friends and Music!!!!

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by Kelli

NEXT WEEKEND:   Brockville Golf and Country Club!!!!!   Check out the details on my Events page… should be a great night!

So…. What’s not to love right now?

Returning from a great tour on the East Coast, it was wonderful to come home to lush green grass, overflowing trees and bright flowers!

Thank you to all of our hosts in NS, CB and NB for inviting us into your homes and communities once again.   I enjoyed my time with all of you and really appreciate all of the time and effort that goes into creating events for us.  You make touring so much fun and so rewarding on many many levels.   Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our shows and to say hello.  It feels like a bigger and bigger reunion every time I’m back in the East.  It always makes me a little sad to leave at the end of a tour.

I am looking forward, now, to a busy summer of festivals, fairs and fiddle camps.   I’m busy working on lesson plans and new band material.  It will be a nice change of pace for me.

It will be my first experience teaching and performing in Saskatchewan so I’m excited about that.  It will be fun to do a couple of shows too, with Troy MacGillivray and Jake Charron.   I also love returning to Clear Lake to see everyone there and to enjoy our fiddle campers!

Somewhere in the midst of summer “gigging”,   I need to find some creative time so that I can finally put a new CD out!  I feel it’s long over due…….   I will keep you posted and always appreciate your feedback and suggestions.  Thank you for those.

Have a great summer….. I hope to see you along the way!    Cheers, Kelli

Posted on: April 22nd, 2014 by Kelli

Back from a GREAT tour of BC and the dust has finally settled I think.   AND the snow has finally melted.  woohoo!   I was even driving with the windows down one day last week!

Thank you to all of our hosts in BC for giving us so many wonderful opportunities to perform.   Each experience was unique and so much fun.  I was really blown away by the number of people who came out to show their support.   What an awesome feeling!   I’m always grateful, after a tour, for the shared experiences,  great friendships and for the safe travel.

I hope to get back there again next spring!  It’s a wonderful way to get a jump start on the season too!

Now, doing shows in Ontario and gathering final details for our tour in NS and NB in May….. coming up very quickly now!

Anxious to get back to the East Coast again to do some teaching (Ship’s Company Theatre) with Gordon Stobbe and many other great instructors and performing with Greg Simm.

I’m still plugging away at the writing process but many ideas are still lingering.  Thank you all for your ideas and encouragement.  I love to share as much of my music experiences with you as I can.  You  keep me motivated.

I hope you all enjoyed a long and festive Easter weekend with family and friends.   I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Check our East Coast details on my events page:  (NS)  Halifax, Rawdon Gold Mines, Dartmouth, Guysborough, St. Peters, Parrsboro, Bridgewater, Annapolis Royal, (NB) Sackville, Fredericton, Plaster Rock,  Saint John.

Cheers, Kelli….   I will add a couple of photos for you too!

Posted on: March 9th, 2014 by Kelli

IMG_0773    Well It’s official….. I’m tired of winter and I don’t think I’m alone either.   But…. I’m a trooper and I’m a proud Canadian!

I’m trading in the shovel though, for my fiddle and finishing up the final details of our BC tour coming up!  I head out next Tuesday and Greg and I are really excited about our almost two weeks of shows!   I hope to see many familiar faces and I look forward to meeting many new folks as well…. to add to my ever growing fiddle family.

Check out our show stops on my events page:  Duncan, Victoria, Port Alberni, Vancouver, Hope, William’s Lake, Mara, Chase.

As soon as we return to Ontario….. you can find us in Ottawa, Kingston and Glengarry!

Stay tuned for more dates in NS, NB and CB in May!  I am so excited for spring and to get playing music again!!!   Cheers everyone…..  GREEN is in the forecast!!!  Kelli

Touring: March BC, May NS, NB & CB

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 by Kelli

It’s STILL winter!!!!!   Seriously???

I LOVE the snow and I even enjoy shovelling – I AM ready for spring right about now though.  I’m sure we’ll all appreciate it this year more than ever.

Our BC tour is finally in place and our May tour in the East is coming together as well.

Note a few changes to the events page and please spread the word if you know people in some of the areas we’ll be hitting!

BC:  Victoria,  Duncan,  Port Alberni, Vancouver, Hope, William’s Lake, Mara, Chase.

Thank you to everyone who is helping to bring this tour to fruition for us.    Looking forward to getting out to the West coast again.  Cheers…. spring is around the corner!   Kelli



Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by Kelli

I’m not sure if the Groundhog saw his shadow yesterday or not but I’m pretty sure we’re all ready for spring by now!

I have been busy building a tour for BC in March and dates and details are falling into place.  Please stay tuned for more…

AND stay warm and safe in this crazy winter we’re experiencing!

I hope to see you all soon…. some of you in BC in March,  ON in April,  NS and NB in May,  Manitoba in July and more to come…..       See my events page for details…    Cheers, Kelli

Happy New Year!!!! Fiddling in the snow!

Posted on: January 10th, 2014 by Kelli

O.k. I’m not really fiddling in the snow but I’m thinking it would make a great tune title!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed a wonderful Holiday season and I wish you all the best in health and happiness for 2014.

Looking at the calendar, it would appear that I’m not working much for the next couple of months.  That would be true of “paid gigs” however this is one of the busiest times it seems.

This is the time when I am doing more office work;  booking gigs, festivals and tours, working out details, website updates, song writing and arranging,  choosing new band material, teaching lessons, prepping workshops etc.

Keep an eye out for dates in Eastern ON, BC, NB, NS and possibly Europe!!!!

Cheers to you all and I hope to see you soon!   Kelli

Starbright Christmas 2013

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by Kelli
Starbright Christmas

Starbright Christmas

Starbright cast

Starbright cast





Starbright with Susan Gilmour

Starbright with Susan Gilmour

Merry Christmas everyone!   I just returned from an amazing three weeks with “Starbright” in Petrolia and Stratford.   What a wonderful kick-off to the Christmas season.   I hope you’ll enjoy the pictures though they can’t possibly capture the magic of the show.   I had a couple of great concerts with two of my band mates as well.   Now….. time to enjoy the snow, the tree and good  fun, friends and family over the holidays.    Best Wishes to all of you for the Christmas season.  Safe travels and enjoy time with your loved ones.   May the new year bring you much joy and good health.   To you…..   Kelli