As a Canadian fiddler with a firm foundation in the traditional music of Cape Breton and the irrepressible curiosity of an artist driven to create and discover, Chrissy is now bringing her music worldwide. She has performed throughout Canada, the United States, the UK, as well as Ireland, France, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, captivating audiences with a talent that belies her youth. Her music is in a new direction; a path of fearless innovation which has earned the fiddler a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award, a Top 20 Under 20 in Canada award, and numerous East Coast Music Association and Music Nova Scotia nominations.
Chrissy’s latest release is titled “Last Night’s Fun.” To maintain a fresh and lively sound that often gets lost in a recording process, all track arrangements took place the night before each studio session. The result is an album recorded with the same energy and spontaneity you’d find in Chrissy’s live shows… an honest and raw sound once described as ”fiery fiddle playing with a distinctly mischievous personality” (Tim Readman, Penguin Eggs Magazine).”
Her first recording, released in 2007 when she was 17, heralded the emergence of a fascinating new talent. A Sonicbids “Artists Spotlight” honour and various Music Nova Scotia and East Coast Music Award showcases including the ECMA Rising Star and Roots Room, were acknowledgement of her great potential. Her debut record was nominated for a Music Nova Scotia Award, ECMA and Canadian Folk Music Award, leading her to be selected as the CBC Galaxie’s Celtic Artist of the Month (May 2009). Her highly anticipated second album, released in 2010, did not disappoint, garnering the same nominations once again.
Chrissy is originally from the beautiful Margaree area of Nova Scotia, but she now lives in Sydney. The musical culture of her upbringing included tunes of the Scottish Gaels, but also those of the area’s Irish and French-Acadians. Together, these influences provided Chrissy with a solid foundation on which to grow and develop her own musical voice. This voice echoes the inspiration of artists who have gone before, but it also embraces new sounds and genres of today. We can’t wait for Chrissy to share this musical voice and her Cape Breton spirit when she returns to be with us at Camp in July!
Learn more about Chrissy by visiting her website here.