Andrea Beaton (Week 1)
Coming from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers, Andrea Beaton delights audiences with her infectious energy and incredible musicianship. She is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist who is known for her powerful bow and driving style. Andrea tours and teaches internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps and fiddling/dancing workshops. A winner of the ECMA’s “Best Instrumental Recording of the Year” in 2010, Andrea has released 6 solo albums, one duo album with her father, Kinnon Beaton, and 3 volumes of original tunes.
Shane Cook (Week 2)
A Canadian and US National fiddle champion, Shane Cook captivates audiences with technically thrilling and adventurous performances. Noted by The Canadian Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame as one of the “finest fiddlers in the world today,” Cook has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition. In 2006, Shane retired from competitive fiddling as one of Canada’s most highly awarded fiddlers. He is a three-time Canadian Open National Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Champion, a Grand North American Champion, and is the only foreign fiddler to win the US Grand National Championship. In concert, Shane captivates audiences with his adventurous playing, and his group Shane Cook & The Woodchippers have gained a reputation for humour and spontaneity as well as dynamic musicianship. Shane teaches both privately and at several annual fiddle camps, sharing his deep understanding of Canadian fiddle. He is a graduate of Western University and resides in London, Ontario with his wife and son.
Kim de Laforest (Week 1)
Kim de Laforest is a fiddle, violin, viola and vocal performer and teacher based in Saskatoon. She enjoys combining many different styles of folk and classical music to create her own unique sound. In her classical world, Kim spent 10 years with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and is a current member of the Saskatoon Symphony, where she has served as the assistant concertmaster, principal second violin, principal viola, and section violin and viola player. Kim is currently the first violin player in the Mac Talla string quartet; plays with local Irish band Jim ‘n Kim and folk trio Prairie Sea, and has released several solo albums. As well as being a busy performer, Kim is also a sought-after instructor and adjudicator. Kim teaches at home in Saskatoon as well as travelling to Baffin Island, NU twice a year to work with Inuit youth (musicforthefuture.ca). Kim has been the musical director of the Saskatoon Fiddle Orchestra for the past 12 years.
Daniel Gervais (Week 2)
A two-time winner of the Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Championship, Daniel Gervais is known as a virtuosic and versatile artist on both fiddle and classical violin. Daniel holds a Master of Music degree in classical violin from the University of Alberta, and he now teaches in the Jazz and Popular music at Grant MacEwan University. From the 2012 Olympics to Carnegie Hall, Daniel has championed fiddle music around the world. Proud of his French-Canadian heritage, Daniel received the Eugène-C. Trottier award from the French-Canadian Association of Alberta for community involvement, and is a founding member of the duo Trad’badour. Daniel has recorded six albums, and he enjoys teaching at music camps across Canada.
Daniel Koulack (Week 1 Fiddle, Week 2 Banjo)
Daniel Koulack, whose music includes a broad range of genres, is a respected multi-instrumentalist and teacher on the Canadian music scene. At eleven years of age he bought a banjo with money saved up from his paper route, and a year later he made his professional debut at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Twice-nominated for the Junos, Daniel has released three solo albums and regularly collaborates with Canada’s best musicians across genres. Daniel has been a beloved teacher at KLKP for many years, and his bass playing is a constant on our concert stage.
Patti Kusturok (Week 2)
North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame member Patti Kusturok’s old time fiddle style is characterized by a pulsating, rhythmical lilt that is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. Often referred to as one the smoothest fiddle players in North America, Patti is known for her effortless delivery of some of the best traditional Canadian fiddle music of all time. With jam-packed resume of honours and awards, Patti is in high demand for performances, teaching, recording, and judging fiddle contests across the continent. A three time winner of the Canadian Grand Masters Competition, Patti was both the first woman and first Western Canadian to attain the crown. Patti is known across the country in the fiddle music world, and her humble demeanour and personable stage presence allows the audience to soak in the music and connect with her in a special way.
Stéphanie Labbé (Week 1)
Stéphanie began violin lessons at age three, and is now a sought-after artist in genres from classical to jazz to traditional music. A passionate teacher, she recently completed a Master of Music in Instrumental Education from l’Université Laval and maintains a thriving private studio. Her expertise in French-Canadian fiddle music is widely respected, and she has performed and taught around the world with artists like Coeur de Pirate, Claire Pelletier, and Édith Butler.
Stacey Read (Weeks 1 & 2)
Stacey Read can’t remember a time when a fiddle wasn’t in her hands. As a performer she is a celebrated traditional folk artist and a double ECMA nominee for her work with the Celtic act Banshee, with which she toured for over 15 years coast to coast to coast (She played at the actual North Pole once!). She plays with the Lumber Jills, and continues to perform at heritage events that foster old tyme dancing, square dance calling and traditional music. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music, Read returned from Boston in 2012 with a degree in Music Business Management to begin her music school which now has over 60 students in piano, step-dance and fiddle.
Karrnnel Sawitsky (Week 2)
Whether he is teaching, performing, writing, collaborating, arranging, or recording, Karrnnel amazes audiences with his passion and expertise of the music he plays. A founding member of the JUNO award-winning quartet The Fretless, Karrnnel has played all over North America and Europe, and he has written over three hundred songs. Known for his distinct style and exceptional technique, Karrnnel is highly regarded for his unique approach in breaking new ground in the traditional fiddle world. He is one of Saskatchewan’s most decorated competition players, and he has released nine albums between his solo and ensemble pursuits. Karrnnel divides his time between Toronto and Saskatoon, where he teaches fiddle and collaborates with students on recording projects at St. Michael Community School.
Adam Sutherland (Weeks 1 & 2)
Adam comes from Errogie on the south shores of Loch Ness in the Highlands, and is one of Scotland’s most exciting fiddle players, composers and teachers. He has performed and recorded with groups like The Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Peatbog Faeries, Babelfish and Croft no. Five. A master of contemporary Scottish folk music, Adam’s tunes are perhaps his most impressive legacy and are played widely around the world. Adam’s most recent project is his podcast Adam’s Interesting People, on which he features candid interviews with musicians he admires.
Donna Turk (Weeks 1 & 2)
A long time KLKP instructor, Donna Turk is passionate about making fiddle music accessible for all ages and backgrounds. She led the acclaimed Bow Valley Fiddlers of Calgary for many years and taught in several Northern communities before moving to Forget, SK where she has an active studio and co-directs the fiddle/vocal ensemble Focal Point. Specializing in the Old Time fiddle style, Donna has toured around the world and her 2012 album combines spirited original tunes with historic favorites.