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Anne Lindsay has established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists in Canada, adapting her unique violin/fiddle style to the eclectic sounds and musical languages of this country’s rich cultural texture.

In 2007 she was named Violinist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards, Solo Instrumentalist and Producer of the Year at the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2006 she won both the KM Hunter Award from the Ontario Arts Council and the Songs From the Heart - Instrumental category from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals.

Currently composing, performing and recording with her own band, Anne is also a much sought after side person, composer, arranger and background vocalist, performing with some of Canada’s top musical acts: Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy, John McDermott. She played a key role as folk fiddler in The Lord of the Rings stage show and has been resident fiddler for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Anne began her musical studies at the age of five, specializing in violin, piano and voice. A graduate of York University, Toronto (BFA Special Honors Music), the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and the Banff Centre, Alberta.

Anne has performed and recorded with many major artists (Blue Rodeo, The Chieftains, Led Zeppelin, Roger Daltry, Dionne Warwick and Natalie McMaster), she has also composed and arranged music for documentary film scores, stage productions, CDs, radio and television commercials. Her fluency is evident in her wide-ranging repertoire, encompassing jazz, rock, classical, country, old-time fiddle, Celtic, Cajun, and Klezmer styles, and the recent addition of two new Scandinavian fiddles - the Finnish jouhikko and the Swedish nyckelharpa.

In addition to teaching at the Celtic College in Goderich Ontario and the Haliburton Winter Folk Camp she has traveled to Rankin Inlet in the Canadian Arctic to teach music to Inuit youth.

Her debut CD Eavesdropping has received generous airplay nationwide on CBC and campus radio stations. Anne’s original compositions combine a warm roots feel with sophisticated rhythmic and harmonic sensibilities. Audiences across the country have been delighted by Anne’s innovative music, drawn from a palette of heartfelt ballads, hot club jazz, South Indian Karnatak, various root and folk styles and rocking fiddle driven grooves

Her new CD, News From Up The Street was co-produced by Oliver Schroer and brings all of her skill into fine focus on the 14 powerful tracks, featuring her wonderful band: Colleen Allen-saxophones, Al Cross–drums, Jason Fowler–guitar and David Woodhead–bass. What really sets it apart from the first CD is the addition of Anne’s heart-catching vocals, and her debut as a songwriter.

Anne’s playing is incomparably expressive, capturing the violin’s unique ability to sing like the human voice. With her innovative, yet down to earth compositions, and exquisite lyrics, Anne and her violin sing together in a universal language.

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