Christine Melanson, Artist of the Week
Runs Sept. 12-16th
Christine Melanson’s driving fiddle style and engaging on-stage personality have had her performing at many events and festivals in Ireland, France, the US, and across Canada. Inspired by her grandfather, a fiddler himself, Christine started fiddling at the age of four. At the age of nine, she performed for the Queen of England, and in 2012, for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.
Christine, was inspired by her grandfather, a fiddle player himself. When she was 3 years old, every time she would visit him, she would ask him if they could play the fiddle. The instrument being way too big for her size, her grandfather would hold the fiddle and manipulate the finger part while Christine would take charge of the bow.
Christine was invited to compete at the prestigious Canadian Grand Masters Championships on multiple occasions. In the past few years, she has also been wowing audiences with her talent on piano and bodhràn, and is regularly recognized for her work in the field of literature (Antonine-Maillet Prize in 2014, poet in residence for the Frye festival in 2016). In addition to having been featured on many recordings, Christine’s first solo album, Constellations, was released in June 2016.
Christine Melanson’s debut album, Constellations, is a hybrid studio/live album, recorded in its entirety in the Bernard-LeBlanc concert hall in Moncton’s Aberdeen Cultural Centre.
Constellations is a fiery and fresh take on traditional Canadian, Celtic, and Cape Breton tunes, as well as modern celtic compositions.
Christine learned to step dance five years ago to add a routine to her fiddling performance when she went to Cherbourg, France just 4 months later. She has also performed in Massachusetts and has played at the Canada Day festivities