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 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

Taking Time – New CD release this month!

Posted on: March 7th, 2015 by Kelli

Where does the time go?  My new CD coming out this week is titled “Taking Time” ironically enough!

I had an incredible experience performing with the Kingston Symphony in January.   It was such a thrill to hear my own originals played back to me!  It was a performance I will never forget and I do hope to do more of these!!!!

It was straight into more recording from there which has led me to right NOW – waiting for its release!!!!!  So excited to see this finally come to fruition.  I hope you will all enjoy it!

I have also been working hard on booking my BC tour for this Month.   I will be travelling with Mike Sanyshyn this time around and one performance with Barry Nakahara.   Should be great fun and I will enjoy doing some fiddle workshops along the way as well.

In BC we will be hitting:  Duncan,  Port Alberni, Victoria, Vancouver, Hope, Prince George, William’s Lake and Kamloops!

Please come out to say hello if you can and feel free to pass the word!!!!  See you soon with new CD in hand!  Cheers! Kelli

Kelli in concert with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Kelli

Happy New year!!  I hope everyone enjoyed a joyous Christmas season and that you have kicked your year off in good health.

I have hit the ground running as I have been preparing for my big show with the Kingston Symphony this weekend, Jan 17!

It will be an honour to share the stage with these incredible musicians.  Thank you to Andy Thompson and Bill Bridges for writing beautiful charts for my concert material.  This will be a thrill and I look forward to doing more symphony shows in the future.

Thank you to everyone who tuned into my online show in early December with Concert Window.  It was a very cool experience and I hope to do it again sometime.  Maybe when my new cd is ready to launch!

I’m wrapping up some final writing for the project and we lay down the bed tracks in the studio this weekend.  That means: bass, drums, guitar and maybe keyboards.  We build from there.  It’s very exciting and I will keep you posted!!!!

Watch for the details of my BC tour in March!

Apparently…  this is what all of my symphony music and recording ideas look like so far on a computer screen. Yikes!  We have barely recorded anything solid yet. I think we need a bigger screen!!!!!

Stay warm….. I will be in touch.  Kelli


Recording in Motion, Online Fiddle Concert, Healing Garden/Acoustic Harvest Music Series

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Kelli

photoWelcome back – (to ME that is!)  ha

I have been a little swamped lately but aren’t we all?   Thank you for checking in and for staying in touch.

Thank you to Terry Eagan and Lillian Wauthier for hosting a Wonderful concert in Scarborough recently.  It was part of an annual Healing Garden Music Fest and the Acoustic Harvest Music Series.

I performed with an outstanding group of Musicians which was a huge honour for me.  Thank you to  John Sheard,  Paul Mills, Wendell Ferguson, David Woodhead, Caitlin Hanford & Jason LaPrade for making this experience so incredibly rewarding!

The new CD recording officially kicked off yesterday!  I had Jake Charron in the studio to play piano on all of my fiddle tracks.  He is incredibly talented and has such a beautiful feel.   I didn’t want to quit!   It inspires me to continue to be creative in my writing and arranging until the recording resumes in January with the rest of the great musicians I have lined up!  Can’t wait!

I have a trio performance coming up in early December in an “online” format!  This will be a very strange experience, I’m sure, but it will to be a great way to reach more of you until I can see you in person.  Tune into Concert Window on December 4th at 8:00 p.m. EST to catch our mini webcast!

I Hope you can join us from your own home and I welcome your thoughts on it.  Should be fun and very different!

Cheers to you,  Kelli

OH and if you need to get a start on your Christmas shopping…. my CD is still available and makes a great gift!!!!  Just sayin’

Preparing to Record

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by Kelli

So I’m enjoying this beautiful time of year “outside” while staying creative “inside”!

I am very excited about my show with the Kingston Symphony in January.  I will have to learn to be a little more formal perhaps??  It should be fun and I will use this opportunity as a stepping stone to do more of this type of thing.

Studio time is coming up quickly too so writing projects have to be finished and arrangements have to be developed.  It’s a fun and exciting process that I want to take the time to enjoy…. not race to the finish line!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  I will be in touch soon.  Stay tuned!  Cheers, Kelli