Gillian Head, Artist of the Week
Runs Oct. 6-10th.
The 25-year-old musician from New Waterford learned from some of the best in the business.
With an interpretation, style, and energy all her own, Gillian Head delights audiences. Her influences include the variation and modern style of contemporary fiddlers, as well as the strong roots of the old traditional fiddlers of her native Cape Breton Island. This combination leaves you with a taste of the strong, lively fiddling that Gillian is all about. A stepdancer from a young age, Gillian took up the fiddle after falling in love with the music she danced to. She took up the fiddle at age 9, initially taking lessons from Stephanie Wills for a short time, and then studying for years under the direction of the late Jerry Holland. These early teachers, and love of dance, make for a distinctive rhythmic style of fiddling.
Head describes her fiddle music as upbeat and lively with a strong Irish influence. She plays a mix of traditional and contemporary tunes.
Head has also been teaching at the Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music for the past several years. Gillian has played all over her native island, and even out on the ocean onboard the Holland-America Cruiselines!
She has recently released her debut album titled Spirit in July of this year.