Fiddler extra-ordinaire, singer of grace and power, composer, storyteller, playwright, thwanger of jawharp, rattler of bones, tapper of feet, and no slouch on mandolin and piano, Anne is showing us all where Canadian music can go, from past to future. Through her work with such groups as Muddy York, The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Chutzpah!, Siyakha, Njacko Backo and Kalimba Kalimba, LOKA, Eh?!, and her own Fiddlesong and Come From Every Way bands, Anne has been re-inventing our idea of Canadian music for 25 years. She has graced stages and recording studios with Harry Hibbs, Don Freed, Eileen McGann, Margaret Christl, Grit Laskin and Ian Robb, Oliver Schroer, Don Ross, Cindy Thompson, Holly Cole, Tom Leadbeater, Enoch Kent, Theresa Tova, Garnet Rogers and Veronica Tennant among others. She has been heard at countless festivals, concerts, dances, schools and libraries, on CBC’s Morningside, Gabereau, Musical Friends, Midday, Road to Avonlea (as the fiddle of Gus), The Vinyl Cafe and Friday Night with Ralph Benmurgui.
Anne’s immersion in old styles – Celtic, Aboriginal, Klezmer and African musics, her rare ability to sing with the fiddle, and her ground-breaking composition make her a performing sensation. Known especially for her work with the Métis traditions of her home province, Manitoba, Anne’s recordings have helped make this music known to the world. Her musical play about her experiences with Aboriginal fiddling, Spirit of the Narrows, received rave reviews two years running at the Blyth Theatre Festival. Meanwhile, her fiddle concert series in Toronto, Dare the Devil, has helped pave the way for a new generation of fiddlers.