This concert is presented by Concerts in Care Ontario and features fiddle champion Shane Cook and London Symphonia principal bassist Joe Phillips. Put on your dancing boots and get ready for a barn burning good time!
00:33 Llewellyn’s March – Brian Pickell
03:42 Last Day of School – Brian Pickell
05:55 Kyle’s Fiddle – Shane Cook
09:59 Born of a Summer’s Day – Brian Pickell
15:02 Old Dangerfield – Bill Monroe
19:07 40 Years Ago Waltz – Traditional
25:00 The Cookie Cruncher – Shane Cook
Shane Cook, fiddle
A Canadian and US National fiddle champion, Shane Cook captivates audiences with technically thrilling and adventurous performances. Noted by The Canadian Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame as one of the “finest fiddlers in the world today,” Shane has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition. He also enjoys playing and arranging everything from traditional Irish and Scottish music to Pop and Bluegrass.
As one of Canada’s most highly awarded fiddlers, Shane is a three-time Canadian Open National Champion and a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Champion. Shane is also the only foreign fiddler to win the US Grand National Championship, a feat he accomplished at just 17 years of age!
Shane leads his own group, Shane Cook and the Woodchippers, and performs regularly with several ensembles including Grammy-nominee Claire Lynch Band, The StepCrew, Allison Lupton Band, Brian Pickell Band and the PBS hit, Bowfire, having toured extensively in Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, China and Taiwan. Shane is a graduate of Western University and resides in London, Ontario with his wife and son. www.shanecook.com
Joseph Phillips, bass / guitar
Joe Phillips is one of Canada’s most versatile double bassists. He reimagines folk traditions learned from field recordings with banjoist Jayme Stone’s Folklife, accompanies Canadian fiddler Shane Cook, lays down bluegrass bass lines and sings tenor harmonies with the Claire Lynch Band, and struts his stuff with Payadora Tango Ensemble. He also collaborates with Irish-American multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan and performs with Toronto’s genre-defying Art of Time Ensemble.
As a classical musician, Joe plays principal bass in London Symphonia and gets to perform with some of the best chamber musicians in the world. Equally at home in a concert hall or at a folk festival, Joe has played at festivals such as Celtic Connections in Glasgow, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music, and the Savannah Music Festival.
He teaches bass at Western University Don Wright Faculty of Music and is on staff every summer at Algoma Trad Camp on St. Joseph Island, Ontario.
When not touring, Joe lives in London Ontario with his partner and their two children.