I am a classical and Celtic/traditional flute player, teacher, arranger, and composer. I play the modern orchestral flute, the Irish wooden flute, and the Baroque flute. I hold a Master's degree in Music (Performance) from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University.
Some of my artistic focus as a performer, arranger, and composer is currently on world, traditional and neo-traditional music. As such, I am a member of the trio Papilio, with Anthony Rissesco (fiddle/vocals) and Phil Schappert (guitar/bouzar). We have played at the Celtic Colours International Festival, the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the East Coast Music Awards, Nova Scotia Music Week, and other events and venues. We are currently working on our second album. Our debut album, First Flight, featuring music from Ireland, Scotland, the Maritimes, Quebec, France, Spain, Scandinavia and the Balkans, plus folk songs and original tunes, was nominated for a Music Nova Scotia Award and also for a 2014 East Coast Music Award for Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year. It can be ordered at CDBaby and on iTunes.
I am also a member of the Wildwood Flute and Harp Duo with harper Alys Howe. The Wildwood Duo unites passion for traditional Celtic music with the finesse of classical expertise, and contribute their musical sensitivity and professionalism to a diverse range of projects and settings.
Alys Howe, Anthony Rissesco and myself at a Hope for Wildlife Christmas concert.
Alys Howe, Kate Dunlay and myself performing at the Boxwood Festival in 2013 here and here.
I also have experience as a classical orchestral freelancer with such groups as Symphony Nova Scotia, the Stadacona Band, and the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra, as well as decades of teaching classical and celtic flute and music theory.
I have also recently begun to freelance on the Baroque flute or traverso, playing in early music settings on replicas of historical flutes in an historically informed manner, with such groups as Rejouissance and the St. George's Consort. Some of my training has been obtained at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and the Boxwood Festival.
Video of medley of tunes arranged for me with the Stadacona Band by Scott Macmillan, including an original of mine entitled "Chorolations":