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

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

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Kelli

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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!

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

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

Great summer of Fiddle Camps and Festivals!

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by Kelli

Ouch!  Sorry it has been so long since I updated my little website “journal”.   Hard to believe I actually KEEP a daily journal!

This social media thing is really something I need to be more “on top of” but it’s been a crazy, good busy, summer.

I just finished a show on Sunday and realized I have been going pretty steadily since the middle of March.  Time to have a wee bit of a rest but it’s already time to get busy booking 2015.  A few things are in the books already which is great.

I enjoyed fiddle camps this season in NS, ON, MB and SK.  It is so great to work with eager students and to continue to build  my fiddle family across the Country.  I had the honour of working with the best line up of Instructors at the Canadian Grand Masters Camp for their 25th anniversary in August.  Senator Hubley attended one evening and joined me in an impromptu step dance.  Very cool!

Thank you to all of my fiddle friends and colleagues for taking the ALS ice bucket challenge with me, in person, or via the net.  It was good fun and an great way to raise an incredible amount of money and awareness for this disease.

After finishing a great summer of camps and festivals, I have been busy now doing more of the House concert scene.  I really enjoy these intimate settings which allow me to get to know you all a little better.

Thank you all for your interest in my music and for coming out to show your support whenever you can.

I am now working towards my next recording, set to happen in January!  Stay tuned!

Enjoy this beautiful time of year. Kelli

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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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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“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