Anna’s talent has taken her beyond Nova Scotia’s rich music scene, to share stages with the likes of The Beach Boys, Blue Rodeo, Don Ross, and Ron Hynes. Endless offers to play private & corporate functions and to collaborate with other musicians in shows & recordings speak to her versatility as a performer.
Sam Allison is a multi-instrumentalist and roots musician. He makes up one half of award-winning band Sheesham and Lotus and has co-produced their records with fiddler Teilhard Frost. Sam has performed with Jenny Whitely , Serena Ryder, Evelyn Parry, Luther Wright and Peter Appleyard.
Evan studied violin at the Rimouski Conservatory in Quebec and played with the OSE (Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire) for five years. He recently received his Master’s degree in music from the University of Ottawa in May 2013 and has been playing with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra since 2010. Evan plays violin with two bands here in Ottawa and has been teaching violin for ten years.
Alexis is from Ottawa, Canada and has been playing fiddle since the age of ten and has been influenced by Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish traditions. Alexis has performed at festivals, ceilidhs, and solo concerts throughout Canada and the United States, and has toured North America, the United Kingdom, and Ireland with Riverdance, The High Kings, and The Paperboys.
Having come from a musical family, Nadia was introduced to music at a very young age. However, her passion for music was truly born at the age of 10, when she fell in love with the flute and the musical world. Nadia is now completing a Bachelors of Music degree with a specialization in education from the University of Ottawa.
Matt Aston B. MUS, a native of Ottawa, has been an active performer since 1996 and a teacher for over ten years. As well as the in-depth musical education Aston received while studying performance at Carleton University, Matt has actively sought out a wide range of styles and approaches to the drum set. This search has lead to further study with world-class teachers in Toronto and New York City.
A manager at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, Wendy is also a nutrition consultant, triathlete, and professional touring musician. She performs over 100 shows a year nationally and internationally with her group, The Celtic Rathskallions and duo, Celticity, with Arthur McGregor.
Wendy has a B. Music and B. Education from Queen’s University and is a published writer. Her children’s storybooks Maddie’s Moon and A Tune For Maddie, and her music book, Maddie’s Beginner Whistle Method are available at OFC Music.
Brian is a passionate musician and vocalist with over 25 years of experience on stage and in studio. Musical genre’s include, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Soul and Funk.
With extensive experience as both side and front man, Brian has performed in many projects including bands such as “Red Engine”, “Moetown” and “Soul Obsession”. He’s also played the lead role in a production of The Who’s rock opera, “Tommy”.
Brian’s focus is on performance and building confidence. Whether you’re just starting out and are looking for “your voice” or want to expand on your repertoire, Brian has a practical but gentle approach and listens carefully to his students.
Justin has had a guitar in his hand since he was 5 and has been teaching guitar since he was 14. He has performed extensively with many bands including his current one, Tindervox and has worked with songwriters in Nashville and Atlanta. He has been a band coach for the Bluesfest “Be in the Band” program since it started and has been teaching at OFC since he finished up his studies in music at Carleton University in 2008. He has an easy going attitude and a practical, straight forward teaching approach.
Martha Cooper has been playing 5-string Clawhammer Banjo and Irish flute, penny whistle and Bodhran for over a decade. She began teaching both private and groups lessons for these instruments at the Ottawa Folklore Centre around 2003. Martha returns to us now from a brief stay on Wolfe Island, and is very happy to be back. Martha regularly […]