Ciccone & Cotter
Few young Canadian fiddlers today can show off the breadth and range of North American fiddling like Adrianna Ciccone. With a “distinctive stamp and swing that is both rooted and infectious,” she crosses back and forth across the continent with ease. Adrianna showcases Cape Breton reels, crooked French-Canadian brandys, the rollicking rhythms of Ottawa Valley step-dancing tunes, way down to Southern Appalachian string band tunes; even incorporating Irish and Métis influences. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, her debut album, The Back of Winter, produced by Bruce Molsky, won Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Colin Cotter picked up the fiddle at the age of 4, beginning a life-long journey building upon several generations of his family’s intimate relationship with traditional Finnish music. Over time, musical influences from Scotland to Quebec to New York City to West Africa crept in, rendering him a genre-defying folky, unencumbered by traditional convention yet warmly familiar with it. A self-taught guitarist, he has developed a unique accompaniment style that, in tandem with his hard-hitting, poignant songwriting, bridges the gaps between American and Celtic folk music and rock.