Owen Kennedy is a fifteen year old fiddler from Maine
whose love of traditional music and enthusiasm for performing has captivated audiences from Cape Breton to San Diego to the Shetland Islands and all over New England.  He enjoys tunes from traditions beyond Maine, especially Scotland & Shetland, Cape Breton, Quebec & the Maritimes, and appreciates the challenge of playing true to the authentic style of a place and culture.  Whether capturing the jazzy bounce of a Maritime reel, mimicking the sound of the bagpipes in a Scottish march, or driving a good ol' New England contradance tune, Owen's powerful playing, clean articulation, and artistic ornamentation are a delight.    

Though young, Owen is a seasoned performer – entertaining at the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors dinner and kicking off their National Conference in San Diego with an audience of several thousand,
performing solo at the 2019 Shetland Folk Frenzy Big Gig.  He has opened for Pete’s Posse and an Acadia Trad Festival concert in Bar Harbor, and has shared the stage with Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, The Outside Track, Genticorum, and Andrea Beaton & Troy MacGillivray.  

Owen began playing the violin at four years old
as a Pineland Suzuki School student,
learning music by ear; his first violin was a box with ruler stuck in it “played” with a wooden dowel rod. He continues to study classical violin with Betsy Kobayashi and is a member of several chamber & orchestral ensembles. However, his first love is fiddling, which he began at the age of seven, performing with Ellen Gawler and the Pineland Fiddlers.

Now fourteen years old, Owen has fiddled all around central & Southern Maine
 on stage at Hannaford Hall for the Maine Acoustic Festival; at the Waterville Opera House for the REM Awards; twice for the Alfond Youth Center Talent Show; at both Bates and Colby Colleges; and at Sugerloaf for the Celebrity Chefs Gala.  You may have seen him at the Boothbay Harbor Fest, the Gardiner River Fest, the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, a Gardiner Artwalk or two, any number of farmers markets, or at jam sessions from Wayne to Portland to Farmington to Boston to Cape Breton to Shetland!  One of his favorite performances was an impromptu invite to get on stage with Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy at The Strand in Rockland.

In addition to performing with the Pineland Fiddlers, Owen has played with the Maine Folque Co-op since 2015, when the group performed at the American Folk Festival in Bangor.  Led by Cindy Larock and based in the Lewiston/Auburn
area, the Maine 
Folque Co-op provides music for contradances and various special events like St. Patrick’s Day, the Great Falls Balloon Festival, and Maine Maple Sunday.  Owen has also had a blast playing with the Sandy River Ramblers as a special guest.  Most recently, Owen joined the Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group, an auditioned trad band of teen musicians, singers, and dancers who focus on learning traditional music and dance repertoire, performing monthly in Vermont.  This year the YTV Touring Group is led by Oliver Scanlon and will be touring to Japan in April 2020!  Owen's other upcoming musical adventure will be Celtic Colours in 2020.

Owen enjoys playing hymns at church, entertaining at schools
retirement communities, and offering music for weddings and non-profit events.  He also performs in multiple solo shows a year in Maine, earning money to fund his music education and travel.  In the summer, he attends Maine Fiddle Camp and Acadia Trad School and travels as much as possible year-round, most recently to the Folk Frenzy in Shetland last summer and Fiddle Hell last fall.  While traditional music is his passion, Owen continues to play classical music with the Capital Strings, Pineland Suzuki School's advanced group, and the Mozart Mentors Orchestra.  

Owen loves being outside hiking, swimming, kayaking, jumping off the dock, biking, skiing, and fishing.  Other interests include cooking, making pottery and art; and... most of all, fiddling!!