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
Welcome 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’
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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