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Shane Cook & Friends
October 10, 2016 @ 3:15 pm
At the age of 26, Canadian Shane Cook “rates at the top of the short list of the finest fiddlers in the world today,” says the Canadian Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame. Shane has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and excels at an array of fiddle styles ranging from Irish and Scottish to French-Canadian, Texan, and Bluegrass. In fact, after a recent concert at The Opera House the Boston Herald proclaimed “Shane Cook’s Celtic fiddling was enough to break hearts.”
In 2006, Shane retired from competitive fiddling as one of Canada’s most highly awarded fiddlers. He is a three-time Canadian Open National Fiddle Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, a Grand North American Fiddle Champion, and is the only Canadian to have ever won the US Grand National Fiddle Championship, a feat he accomplished at just 17 years of age.
In concert, Shane captivates audiences with his danceable playing that is as adventurous as it is technically thrilling. He has toured Canada, United States, Germany, England, China and Taiwan, and has performed his show with several orchestras. Shane is proud to be a member of the PBS hit show Bowfire – a showcase featuring some of the leading names in modern violin playing, and is also a member of The Brian Pickell Band – a collection of Canadian virtuosos of traditional music. Shane has a new duo CD with East Coast Music Award winner Troy MacGillivray and also leads his own band with whom he has recently released his fourth solo CD that the London Free Press describes as “Relaxed, sprightly…and brilliantly played.”