Shannon Quinn (Owner)
Shannon was born and raised in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been performing as a fiddler/vocalist for the past 16 years. In 2016 Shannon won 'Roots Traditional Album of the Year' & 'New Artist Recording of the year' at the Music Nova Scotia Awards, and has also been nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards. She achieved her music degree from the renowned ‘Humber College’ in Toronto and spent two years been touring internationally with the award winning Scottish group ‘The Paul McKenna Band’. This has included many international performances in Canada, The United States, England, Scotland, Germany as well as the Netherlands. Some of Shannon’s past performances have included being featured with Cirque Du Soleil and The Chieftains in Canada as well as being a featured soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia. Shannon has performed at Walt Disney World’s ‘Epcot’ in the United Kingdom Pavilion.
She’s also performed with the award winning group ‘Down with Webster’ at Massey Hall and was a featured violinist for the ‘We Day’ concert in Halifax at the Metro Centre, performing for over 10, 000 people. Shannon released a solo album in 2008 entitled ‘The Irwin Lake Sessions and now after a few years performing and touring she recently released a second album (recorded in Glasgow) in July 2015 entitled ‘If All the Young Ladies’. This album features Shannon primarily as a vocalist as well as a fiddler. In addition to being a solo artist, Shannon has also been performing with her father Tony Quinn for the past 16 years as a Celtic/folk duo. Shannon has recently completed multiple performances playing fiddle for artists such as Lennie Gallant & Joel Plaskett.
Hayley Ryerson is an alluring performer, inspired fiddler, and imaginative composer who highly values the joy music has given her in her life. Hayley picked up the fiddle at age 7 and learned celtic tunes and tradition from a variety of Canadian fiddlers in camps and lessons throughout Ontario for over a decade before she moved to Toronto, where she earned her Bachelor of Music from the renowned Humber College. Hayley focused on performance, composition, and pedagogy during her degree. She has recorded and performed in many styles including Classical, Folk, Pop, Jazz, Klezmer, Progressive Rock, and Balkan since her move to Toronto. Through these experiences, however, Hayley's musical heart has consistently been steering her back her love of celtic fiddling.
Hayley performs and composes with Canadian folk quartet, Kitchen Orkestra, on fiddle and vocals. She also performs with Canadian songstress Claire Coupland, and has recorded as fiddler and session musician with Alex Purcell, Tom Cuming, and Aijia Waithe. Kitchen Orkestra released their first album, Entree, April 2017, and Hayley looks forward to releasing a fiddle album of all-original tunes inspired by Canada's landscapes in 2018, featuring guitarist Graeme MacGillivray.
Hayley has taught fiddle workshops at the Toronto Fiddle Collective, and the Canadian Grand Master's Fiddle Camp, and has taught privately and semi-privately in Ontario for 3+ years. She loves teaching adults and children alike, enjoys seeing her students succeed, and truly appreciates the chance to work with students in their musical journey. Hayley believes in educating through inspiration, demonstration, and explanation while always attuning herself to her student's preferred learning style. She also values creating satisfying and stimulating musical experiences during lessons. She is pleased to be offering private and semi-private in both fiddle and violin at Lydian School of Music beginning September 2017!
Tony has 40 years experience as a guitarist, playing a multitude of styles. He's performed for many years with Denis Ryan of Ryan's Fancy, John Morris Rankin & Dave MacIsaac and was also the producer for the Barra MacNeil's first album. Tony teaches various levels of guitar (acoustic and electric). Tony's objective with his students is to foster and promote the enjoyment of music as well as improve their skill level. Tony has been performing celtic music with his daughter Shannon (owner) for over 17 years.