SHANE'S BIO

"Shane offers up death-defying, acrobatic fiddle precision, soaring through tunes from his beloved Ontario with impeccable clarity." 

- Claire Lynch, Multiple Grammy Nominee

 

A Canadian and US National fiddle champion, Shane Cook is a multi-instrumentalist who 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,” Cook 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.

 

In 2006, Shane retired from competitive fiddling as one of Canada's most highly awarded fiddlers. He is a three-time Canadian Open National Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Champion, a Grand North American Champion, and is the only foreign fiddler to win the US Grand National Championship, a feat he accomplished at just 17 years of age.

 

In concert, Shane captivates audiences with his danceable playing that is as adventurous as it is technically thrilling. His expressive and flawless performances place him in high demand among a variety of ensembles and collaborations that have seen him tour extensively in Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, China and Taiwan.

 

As a four-member group of multi-instrumentalists, singers and step dancers, Shane Cook & The Woodchippers deliver performances that are an exciting mix of dynamic musicianship, high energy and engaging stage presence. Their superbly crafted arrangements are a modern and exhilarating approach to fiddle tunes and dance. 
 

Shane Cook & The Woodchippers rely on their deep foundation in the traditional music, song and dance of Ontario for the core of their sound, yet also draw on styles as broad as folk, celtic, roots, country, contemporary and jazz. Their superbly crafted compositions and arrangements are a modern, exhilarating approach to fiddle tunes, song and dance. Without fail, their Ottawa Valley style step dancing always electrifies. 
     

Joining Shane as The Woodchippers are: Joe Phillips (Jayme Stone’s Folklife) on double bass, guitar and vocals, Emily Flack (Leahy) on piano, vocals and dance and Kyle Waymouth (5-time Canadian National Step Dance Champion) on guitar, tenor banjo, and dance.

 

Be on the lookout for Shane Cook & The Woodchippers’ new debut album, Be Here for a While, released digitally on October 15, 2021. Shane Cook & The Woodchippers were thrilled to return to perform with The International Symphony Orchestra along with guest Canadian youth fiddle groups from 12 provinces and territories to unveil part of Be Here for a While in an online release concert airing Aug 27-Oct 31, 2021.

 

The result of Shane’s recent collaboration with long-time friend, Jake Charron is their album, Head to Head. Grammy-nominee and leading Irish-American musician Liz Carroll describes the 2014 project: “You can't get much better than this - Shane cranking it out on the fiddle with his innovative, hot-smooth playing, and Jake, alternating between guitar and piano, creating the perfect groove.  Superb musicians, beautiful tunes, powerful music!"

 

Another collaboration, with Nova Scotia’s Troy MacGillivray, earned a 2007 East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year by a Group/Duo for their duo project, When Here Meets There.

 

Shane is also proud to be a member of the PBS hit show Bowfire - a showcase featuring some of the leading names in modern violin playing. He is also a member of The Brian Pickell Band - a collection of Canadian virtuosos of traditional music, and The StepCrew - a dance and music tour de force.

 

Shane has four solo recordings to his credit including, Cookin' on the Fiddle; Heritage Fiddles; and Sundry, a superb eclectic sampling of several of Shane's masterful fiddling styles. His fourth solo release, a self-titled project, is a collection of the most important and influential tunes in his own Canadian old-time fiddle repertoire that the London Free Press describes as "Relaxed, sprightly…and brilliantly played."

 

Shane teaches both privately and at several annual fiddle camps, sharing his deep understanding of Canadian fiddle. He is a graduate of Western University and resides in London, Ontario with his wife and son.

 

 

 

Past Performances Include:

Musical Director of Canadian Powerhouse; The Opera House, Branson, MO

The Governor General’s Awards; National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON

The World Fair; Hanover, Germany

Soloist with the Canada Pops Orchestra; Hummingbird Centre, Toronto, ON

Soloist with International Symphony Orchestra; Sarnia, ON & Port Huron, MI

Soloist with Stratford Symphony Orchestra; Stratford, ON

The Nashville Network Studio, Nashville, TN

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

Ontario tour with Wayne Newton

Bands of America; Chicago, IL

 

Festivals:

Home County Folk Festival, London, ON

Canterbury Folk Festival, Ingersoll, ON

Celine Celtic Festival, Saline, MI

Goderich Celtic Festival, Goderich, ON

The Maritime Fiddle Festival, Dartmouth, NS

Festival Mémoire et Racines, Jolliette, QC

Stewart Park Music Festival, Perth, ON

Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, MB

Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa, ON

Stratford Summer Music Festival, Stratford, ON

Mariposa Folk Festival, Orillia, ON

Shetland Folk Festival, Lerwick, Scotland

Hebridean Folk Festival, Stornoway, Scotland

NAFCo, Derry, Northern Ireland

Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Baltimore, Ireland

Skerries Traditional Music Weekend, Dublin, Ireland

Warwick Folk Festival, Warwick, England

Awards of Note:

Seven Canadian Titles:

3-time Canadian Open National Champion

2-time Canadian Duet Champion with Kyle Cook

3-time Canadian Jr. Champion

US Grand National Champion

3-time Canadian Grand Masters Champion

Grand North American Champion

3-time Ontario Open Champion

3-time Pembroke Open Champion

Maritime Grand Champion

Gordon Jeffery Scholarship

World Scholarship Tour Scholarship

CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award

Young Tradition Bearer Award:

Goderich Celtic Roots Festival

Two Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations

ECMA for Roots/Traditional Album

Educational:

Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camps: Nashville, TN; Johnson City, TN; New York, NY

Berklee College Summer String Program, Boston, MA

Colorado Roots Music Camp, Pikes Peak, CO

Leahy Music Camp, Lakefield, ON

Hockley Valley Music Camp, Hockley Valley, ON

Peach Bottom Farm Fiddle & Strings Camp, Independence, VA

Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Camp, Ottawa, ON

Fiddles on the Tobique, Plaster Rock, NB

Maritime Fiddle Festival, Dartmouth, NS

Montana Fiddle Camp, Great Falls, MT

Calvin Vollrath Fiddle Camp, St Paul, AB

AlgomaTrad, St Joseph’s Island, ON

Valley of the Moon, California

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