2015 Festival - The New World

Shane Cook Trio: Traditional Fiddling Music

July 28th, 5:00pm
Heliconian Hall

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The result of Shane’s recent collaboration with long-time friend Jake Charron is their album, Head to Head. Grammy-nominee and leading Irish-American musician Liz Carroll describes the 2014 project: “You can’t get much better than this – Shane cranking it out on the fiddle with his innovative, hot-smooth playing, and Jake, alternating between guitar and piano, creating the perfect groove.  Superb musicians, beautiful tunes, powerful music!”Shane Cook is a three-time Canadian Open National fiddle champion and the only foreigner to win the US Grand National Fiddle Championship. Shane has distinguished himself as a leading exponent of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and enjoys playing an array of fiddle styles ranging from Irish and Jake338
Scottish to French-Canadian, Texan, and Bluegrass. Shane has six solo recordings and leads his own group. Shane also performs regularly in China and Taiwan. He is a graduate of Western University and resides in London, Ontario. He has been part of several ensembles including The Stepcrew and the PBS hit, Bowfire, and has toured extensively in Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany.

Jake Charron is continuing to build a reputation as one of Canada’s finest multi-instrumentalists, accompanying artists around the world on piano, guitar and tenor banjo. Since graduating from Western University with an Honours degree in Kinesiology, Jake has pursued music, and had the privilege of performing with many elite musicians including Shane Cook, Pierre Schryer, Dan Stacey, Troy MacGillivray, and Grammy nominated fiddler, Liz Carroll. Currently residing in Toronto, Jake is in high demand for recording projects and teaching workshops. He has been busy touring overseas with his new trio The East Pointers, who recently won two Music PEI awards for Traditional Roots Recording of the Year, and New Group of the Year.

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Born and raised in Toronto close to the rolling green hills of Christie Pits, Joe Phillips started studying classical guitar at age 9. After some time playing the clarinet, he discovered the double bass in high school. Time spent playing in various blues bars, Irish pubs and booze cans, and four years studying with renowned classical virtuoso Joel Quarrington have led to a busy and diverse career. Highlights of this past year include a western Canadian tour with Canadian chamber music supergroup Octagon, extensive touring throughout the United States, Canada and the U.K. with banjoist Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project (featuring roots and country music legend Tim O’Brien), multiple projects with the Art of Time Ensemble (with jazz chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux, actor/singer Brent Carver, pop singer Steven Page and members of The Spirit of the West, The Odds and The Skydiggers), and a trip to China with Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra. As the featured bass soloist and singer in an Orchestra London’s Pops programme, Joe also wrote his own orchestral arrangements . This spring, he appeared as guest principal bass with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Recent recordings include a chamber version of Schumann’s Dichterliebe with the Eybler Quartet and Brett Polegato, a chamber version of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with James Campbell, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, Payadora tango ensemble, and fiddle and guitar masters Shane Cook and Jake Charron. Since 2007 Joe has been principal bassist of Orchestra London Canada. He lives in London, Ontario with his partner and their two children.

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The OLG SHUFFLE Concert Series features informal, eclectic one-movement performances by Festival Artists, special guests, and next-generation emerging artists.

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