Genre: Acoustic Jazz, Celtic, Master Fiddler, Multi-Instrumentalist
“Sublime!” – Brian Pickell
“ Eh?! has all that is best in Canadian music. Great instrumentalists seldom sing harmony as well as these three, while humour and enlightened commentary bouy the entertainment.” – Enoch Kent
“You guys sound so good.” – Bill Garrett, Borealis
“You guys play every note like you mean it.” – Gabrielle, teenage fan
21st century Canadian Fiddling
3 fiddlers who not only play the hell out of traditional Canadian and world music but who all compose, who sing in 3-part harmony, who switch off on pianos, mandolins, guitars, accordions, kalimbas and feet and, most importantly, who are absolutely committed to taking new and old music to the far reaches of imagination. Known for their tight, dramatic ensemble work, impressive singing and musicianship, Eh?! was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2011 as Best Instrumental Ensemble, an Eh?! concert is an adventure in collaboration.
Emilyn Stam: is a young pianist and fiddler who worked closely with Oliver Schroer as a founding member of Twisted String.
She is quickly being recognized as a brilliant improviser, composer and creative collaborator. She has worked with Pierre Schryer, Daniel Lapp, David Woodhead, Anne Lindsay, Bill Brennan, Casey Sokol, Soozi Schlanger and Jaron Freeman-Fox and
The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, among others. Emilyn has released a solo piano CD: Holding Time.
James Stephens: James is known both for his work as a performer and as a producer/recording engineer. In performance, he plays a multitude of stringed instruments with an emphasis on fiddling. He has an abiding interest in various traditional styles,and also works extensively with singer-songwriters. He was the principal songwriter in critically acclaimed pop/roots band “Fat Man Waving” and has performed with many Ottawa area singer/songwriters such as Lynn Miles, Ian Tamblyn,
Melwood Cutlery and Terry Tufts and was a member of Texas Swing group, The Black Donnellys and neo-traditional Celtic group, Six Mile Bridge. Currently, he performs with The Brian Pickell Band, Finest Kind, Ecosse (Bobby Watt, Duncan Gillis and Rob Graves), renowned clawhammer banjo player Ken Perlman, and JIIG (James,
Ian Robb, Ian Clark, Greg Brown) whose self-titled CD won a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005. James also teaches regularly at fiddle camps throughout Canada and the U.S.
Anne Lederman: Originally from Manitoba, Anne is
an internationally-acclaimed fiddler, singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist strongly rooted in several musical traditions – Celtic, Métis and French-Canadian, Klezmer, Balkan and African music. Over her 30 year career, Anne has worked with such bands as Muddy York, The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Siyakha, and LOKA and such artists as Harry Hibbs, Margaret Christl, Don Freed, Holly Cole, Theresa Tova, Tom Leadbeater and Garnet Rogers, among others. Currently, she performs with Njacko Backo and Lederman/Bell in addition to
Eh?! She has recorded five CDs under her own name: Not a Mark in This World, 7 Cats, Come From Every Way, Fiddlesong and Old Man’s Table. Anne also composes and writes for theatre; her own play, Spirit of the Narrows, about the Metis fiddle tradition, was featured at the Blyth Theatre Festival in 2004-05 and recently re-mounted at the Pearl Company in Hamilton where it was called “The Best of 2015” (The View). Anne teaches traditional fiddling at the World Music Centre of the Royal Conservatory and at York University.