|Anne Lindsay ~ Short Bio
Award-winning Toronto fiddler/violinist/vocalist Anne Lindsay is master of a wealth of diverse styles and blessed with a free spirit for improvisation. She has released four CDs of her innovative, yet down to earth compositions and in addition has played on a gazillion recordings and performed in every shape and colour you could imagine - the Arctic to Maple Leafs games, Led Zeppelin, Blue Rodeo and James Taylor.
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.
She is an exuberant fireplug of a session-player-to-the-stars (Led Zeppelin, The Chieftains, Blue Rodeo, James Taylor, Roger Daltry) whose skills have graced many a stage around the world. Anne has played on hundreds of recordings and is a featured performer with the Jim Cuddy Band, The Skydiggers and John McDermott. She was the resident fiddler for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the stage production of The Lord of the Rings. She has also built a formidable career on her own as a musician, composer and vocalist — all showcased brilliantly on her new album, Soloworks.
Anne has already released three award winning CDs of her own and has won numerous awards including: Solo Instrumentalist and Producer of the Year (Canadian Folk Music Awards), Jazz Violinist of the Year (National Jazz Awards) and the K.M. Hunter Award (Ontario Arts Council).
Her new CD SOLOWORKS is a departure. It consists of 13 solo compositions that Anne performs alone, on violin, voice, piano and nyckelharpa. From toe-tapping fiddle tunes masterfully played and lyrical ballads with Anne's heart-catching vocals SOLOWORKS is a major artistic accomplishment, and a personal triumph. In her own words:
“Music takes me far and wide, from north of the Arctic Circle to the Cape of Good Hope, through India, Europe, Central America and back and forth across Canada, this amazingly big, beautiful country of ours.
Along the way these tunes were born - thirteen pieces to be played by one player. SOLOWORKS is the offspring of my journeys, self discovery and the
comfort found in being alone, that being solo works.
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. 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, hosted Canadian fiddle workshops in Finland and volunteered at the Majengo Children’s Home in Tanzania.
Her debut CD EAVESDROPPING 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 sophomore 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 on drums, Jason Fowler on guitar and David Woodhead on bass. What really sets it apart from the first CD is the addition of Anne’s vocals, and her debut as a songwriter.
HURRY ON HOME continues the legacy - featuring Anne’s virtuoso playing and heartfelt vocals with a who’s-who of the Canadian contemporary music scene performing Anne’s twisty fiddle tunes, some sultry jazz, soulful gypsy and a hip hop beat! The CD is co-produced by Anne and her son, Tosh Weyman, a talented hip-hop artist and producer. The resulting album bridges both genres and generations with brilliant performances by musical friends. The title track “Hurry On Home”, is a neo-Appalachian duet with Jim Cuddy; “Valentine”, a poignant song about Valentine’s Day as a springboard into solitude; and the folktronic “May Our Minds Meet”.
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.
Tunnels and Visions
Dear Leonard: The Cohen Collection
Hurry On Home
News From Up The Street
The Light That Guides You Home
The Things We Left Behind
Like A Vacation
Palace of Gold
John McDermott 10 CDs
Sleepy Little Sailor
A Matter of Heart -original cast recording
Sweets and Conundrums
Beyond The Pale
Scholarships & Awards
2011 - OCFF Songs From The Heart
2011 - Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee
Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year
2007 - Canadian Folk Music Awards
Solo Instrumentalist of the Year
2007 - Canadian Folk Music Awards
Producer of the Year
2007 - National Jazz Awards
Violinist of the Year
2006 - OCFF Songs From The Heart
2006 - K.M. Hunter Award (OAC)
1981 -The Banff Centre
1980 - York University 1971,1972 - Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto
1969 - J.M. Greene Award, Toronto
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“Whether she's laying down Celtic riffs, wailing on a Jim Cuddy set or tugging on a mama's Yiddish
heartstrings, Anne's nuance and passionate style wins her fans wherever she plays.” - Oliver Schroer
Thoroughly cosmopolitan, yet equally rooted in the traditional music of Canada,
Hurry On Home really is one to hurry home for. – By Richard Thornley for Penguin Eggs
Hurry on Home is a sparkling set of varying styles, mostly self-penned, that constantly springs surprises as a piece goes off in an unexpected direction. Thoroughly entertaining and sometimes scarily beautiful. - R2 (formerly Rock 'n Reel)
continues to raise the bar every time she raises her bow" - Steve Lambert CHCH TV
“Anne Lindsay is a thoughtful musician, staking out original territory for her violin voice. A consolidation of Lindsay’s work thus far, and a delightful plunge forward....sounds like a conversation with God.”
- Penquin Eggs
“She is just unbelievable.”
- Scene & Heard with Will McGuirk
cut the night air with a brilliant fiddle
solo that proved to be one-third Ashley MacIsaac and two-thirds
-Jeff Macklin, Peterborough Examiner
But luckily, (it took) a powerful jolt of energy from frenetic violist Anne Lindsay on the beautiful ballad, Five Days in May to get Blue Rodeo back on their stride…the crowd roared appreciatively and the boys rode the momentum the rest of the night.
-Derek Tse, Toronto Sun
Lindsay is a strikingly attractive stage performer as well as
a talented singer and jazz violinist.
-Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail
audiences were taken with Lindsays fiddling, rising to their
feet almost every time she put bow to string.
-Dan Donovan, Ottawa Life
languid jazzy, acoustic opening launched a rarefied super jam
between Lindsay and Cripps as they traded explosive licks on fiddle
and guitar, while Cuddy stood there and marvelled at where these
familiar songs had gone.
-Rick Overall, Ottawa Sun
Anne Lindsay endeared herself to those who heard her play with
McDermott during the Fiddle Contest last August, but she sparkled
on stage in Shelburne.
-Lana Fleming, Shelburne Examiner
SHORT BIO (220 words)
Anne Lindsay has established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists
in Canada. She has three award winning CDs of her own and has been named Jazz Violinist of the Year (National Jazz Awards) and Solo Instrumentalist and Producer of the Year(Canadian Folk Music Awards). Anne has played on hundreds of recordings and is a featured performer with Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo, Skydiggers and John McDermott. She was the resident fiddler for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the stage production of The Lord of the Rings and is an exuberant fireplug of a session-player-to-the-stars (Led Zeppelin, The Chieftains, Blue Rodeo, James Taylor, Roger Daltrey). Her new CD, SOLOWORKS is a departure consisiting of 13 solo compositions that Anne
performs alone, on violin, voice, piano and nyckelharpa. From toe tapping fiddle tunes to lyrical
ballads, SOLOWORKS is a major artistic accomplishment and a personal triumph. “Music takes me far and wide, from north of the Arctic Circle to the Cape of Good Hope, through India, Europe, Central America and back and forth across Canada, this amazingly big, beautifulcountry of ours. Along the way these tunes were born - SOLOWORKS is the offspring of my journeys, musical influences, self discovery and the comfort found in being alone, that being solo works.”