Shivering Strings Winnipeg Instructors
Gordon Stobbe - Fiddle
Gordon Stobbe is likely the most highly sought after instructor and performer on the fiddle circuit these days. Never one to let the dust settle, Gordon keeps busy with a host of projects across Canada. His "Fiddle History of Canada" production is being workshopped and presented in several provinces, he continues to compose and tour, and will be releasing a new CD soon with some of the tunes he has composed with fellow musician and travel buddy JJ Guy. There is no room here to list all the accomplishments of this Canadian treasure, so check his website. But above all, Gordon is an inspiration to anyone who sees him perform, or teach, or call a square dance!
JJ Guy - Fiddle
It was no accident that J.J. Guy took home the "People's Choice Award" at the 2013 Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship in Saskatoon in August 2013! J.J. is a beloved performer and instructor who has touched the hearts of thousands of fiddlers at fiddle camps across Canada. From B.C. to the NWT to the east coast, JJ is kept hopping, teaching and performing along the way. He has several recordings under his belt, and is not only a wonderful fiddler and instructor, but a great human being as well.
Troy MacGillivray - Fiddle
Troy comes from Lanark in northeastern Nova Scotia on Canada’s East Coast. It is this small community where his family of musicians and Gaelic speakers has lived for generations after arriving from Scotland. Troy’s roots-centered approach to his music (fiddle and piano) has led to six recordings, which have received nominations and awards from the East Coast Music Association, Music Nova Scotia, and Canadian Folk Music Association. In 2012, Troy received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions and dedication to culture in Nova Scotia and Canada. Other notable achievements include the Young Alumnus Award from St. Francis Xavier University and the young tradition award from the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival. Extensive touring has allowed Troy to share his music through North America, Europe and as far as Australia. Troy continues to impress audiences around with his vast wealth of knowledge and experience both on and off the stage.
Karen Warner - Fiddle
Karen Warner teaches fiddle in the Seven Oaks School Division (Ecole Seven Oaks Middle School and Ecole Belmont). She studied at the U of W, Brandon U, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She was a violin teacher on the faculty of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music from 1985 until 2013. Karen taught in the Dauphin School Area and in the Winnipeg School Division (River Heights Junior High School). She is the concertmaster of the Mennonite Community Orchestra, leads the Bel Canto String Quartet. She has been a judge at the two most recent Manitoba Open Fiddle Championships and goes to fiddle camp whenever possible!
Garnet Knight - Guitar & Mandolin
Garnet Knight comes from a family of traditional musicians and has spent a great deal of time playing with other fiddlers, learning their repertoire and studying their varied styles. He has explored various sources in Top 40 Country, Rock, Country Swing and Bluegrass. Over 40 years, he has garnered a profound understanding and vast knowledge of traditional music. During his youth, Garnet competed on stage as a junior fiddler for three years, winning several junior championship titles. He worked in the club scene for 25 years, running his own country duo playing for corporate and tourist venues in Jasper Lodge, Banff, Kananaskis Lodge and the Palliser Hotel in Calgary. Garnet currently teaches fiddle, guitar, mandolin and enjoys playing a little dobro on the side while freelancing between 3 country acts based out of the Winnipeg area.
Jeremy Rusu - Piano & Accordion
Jeremy’s entire life has revolved around music. A master of more than a dozen instruments, he has become one of the most sought after fiddle accompanists in the country. Jeremy has recorded with fiddlers such as Calvin Vollrath, Alex Carriere, Patti Kusturok, Alex Kusturok, and Jason Lepine, and artists such as The Deeds, Dan Frechette, Scott Nolan, Corin Raymond, and Watermelon Slim. He plays in several bands around Winnipeg in various genres from rock to reggae to gypsy jazz to Celtic. Jeremy has a wonderful way with students, honing in on their learning styles and breaking things down in the most understandable of ways. Most recently, Jeremy has released his first solo recording titled “The Accordion Album.”
Daniel Koulack - Banjo
Daniel Koulack, whose music includes a broad range of genres, is a respected multi-instrumentalist and teacher on the Canadian music scene. Daniel was born in New York in 1965 and has lived in Winnipeg since 1968. At eleven years of age he bought a banjo with money saved up from his paper route. A year later he made his professional debut at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Daniel’s own music can be heard on his three albums of original instrumental music; “Clawhammer Your Way To The Top”, “Life On A String”, and “Frailing To Succeed”. Two of these recordings were nominated for Juno Awards in the Best Roots/Traditional category. Daniel is also in high demand as an instructor at music camps across the country, and is a beloved mentor to many students and musicians.