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FALL 2019 was full of music... a concert at the MacArthur House in Vermont, opening for Pete's Posse, the Bay of Fundy at the Bay of Fundy, an Oasis performance with Greg Boardman, Fiddle Hell, tunes at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and a show on St. Andrew's Day.




SUMMER 2019 HIGHLIGHTS:  Acadia Trad School & Maine Fiddle Camp, playing at the Readfield Union Meeting House, Boothbay with Ben Foss, tunes out on the water...



SPRING included multiple St. Patrick's Day appearances, sharing a tune with Andrea Beaton & Troy MacGillivray in Farmington, a Pineland Fiddlers birthday at Mindful Folk Farm, and a performance at the Waterville Opera House.



THE SHETLAND ISLANDS with the Pineland Fiddlers!  Owen fell in love with Shetland and the Shetland style of fiddling, attending workshops at the Shetland Folk Frenzy, performing at the Big Gig, exploring St. Ninian's Beach, traveling up to the bird sanctuaries in Unst, and jamming every night.   



After leaving Shetland by ferry, Owen made a QUICK TRIP TO EDINBURGH, visiting The Antiquary and Dalriada for jams, playing tunes out on the Royal Mile, and touring Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Park.



WEDDINGS are a favorite, playing fiddle or classical, solo or with friends, from The Barn at Silver Oaks to Gilsland Farm to Blueberry Cove, Owen is available in Maine and beyond. Contact Owen about music on your special day.  Wedding videos



     
 




CAPE BRETON - the island, the fiddlers, the tunes & tradition - has a special place in Owen's heart.  He first visited with the Pineland Fiddlers in 2015, stopping at the Celtic Interpretive Centre, signing in at the Red Shoe Pub, and taking a workshop at the Gaelic College with Rodney MacDonald.  Back home in Maine, he played at a commemorative event hosted by the Maine State Archives, where a tree from Cape Breton stopped on its way to Boston in appreciation of the men and women from Maine who helped their Canadian neighbors after the Halifax Explosion of 1917.



Owen returned to Cape Breton for the 2018 Celtic Colours International Festival, fiddling at sessions and the Bras D'or Yacht Club open mic every day and attending shows every night.  He is looking forward to heading back up for the 2020 Colours!



Owen plays in several CONTRADANCE BANDS including the Maine Folque Co-op and the Pineland Fiddlers.  He also enjoys joining other Maine trad musicians in pick-up bands, including Steve Muise, Bennett Konesni, John Cote, and Ben Foss.  Watching the dancers respond to the music and make lively patterns on the dance floor are two of Owen's favorite parts of fiddling for dances.  



MARKETS are another favorite, between the little kids dancing, the friendly dogs, and the delicious food.  If you'd like Owen to share tunes at your market, please contact him!



Owen joined the MAINE FOLQUE CO-OP in 2014.  His first performance with the group was at the American Folk Festival in Bangor, where he returned with the group in 2018 to play with Pascal Gemme's band, Genticorum.  Led by Cindy Larock, the Folque Co-op spreads the joie de vivre of jigs and reels throughout Central Maine, playing for schools, various concert series, dances, and events like Maine Maple Sunday and St. Patrick's Day. 



FIDDLE HEROES inspire and motivate Owen, whether he's listening to tunes, taking a workshop, jamming, or joining them up on stage.  A few favorite memories include an impromptu invite to play with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy at The Strand in Rockland, jamming with Rowen Gallant and Jesse Périard of Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, getting up on stage with The Outside Track, and meeting The Gothard Sisters in Farmington.



More recently, Owen's been up on stage with several fiddle heroes, including Pete Sutherland & Pete's Posse, Andrea Beaton & Troy MacGillivray, and Genticorum.  He's also taken workshops with Le Vent du Nord's Olivier Demers, Shetland fiddler Kevin Henderson, and Irish fiddler Liz Carroll, and hosted Quebecois fiddler Claude Méthé for a rehearsal in his living room.  And he's seen Coig countless times both here in Maine and up in Cape Breton! 



PRACTICE... practice, practice, practice!  As Dr. Suzuki said "you only have to practice on the days that you eat!"  And that was the guideline for Owen as a young violinist/fiddler.  Now he sets his own practice schedule, and practices everywhere - at home, outside, in hotels and green rooms, and with a looper or a drones.  Mostly solo, but sometimes with other musicians via YouTube and recordings from lessons and workshops, or in small ensemble or large group rehearsals.




MAINE HAS SOME GREAT SESSIONS: Farmington's Old South Church Concert
Series
and North Church Concert Series, Irish Night at Blue in Portland, Maine Fiddle Camp and Acadia Trad in the summer (of course!), Julian's in Wayne, in Belgrade Lakes and at Maine's DownEast Country Dance Festival.  Plus many more not pictured here! 
 



DROPPING IN ON SESSIONS AWAY is also good fun and Owen has enjoyed sessions from Fiddle Hell in Massachusetts to The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse in Charlottetown PEI, at Celtic Colours in Cape Breton (Pressed for Time with a piper!!), Festival Memoire et Racine in Quebec, at the Mareel in Lerwick, Shetland and several pubs in Edinburgh!



Owen began CLASSICAL VIOLIN at four years old, as a Pineland Suzuki School student.  He has played in multiple ensembles including Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony and Pineland Suzuki School chamber groups; he also attended New England Suzuki Institute over several summers.  Currently, he performs with Mozart Mentors Orchestra conducted by Anthony Antolini; Pineland Suzuki School's advanced ensemble, Capital Strings; and has been selected for Maine's All State Orchestra Festival, with a concert scheduled for May 2020.  Owen has also played in Pineland Suzuki School's solo recital at least once a year since 2010.



JUST FOR FUN... THE BEGINNING:  Owen began playing the violin at four years old, learning by ear with the Suzuki method.  Even before his first real violin, he "played" the homemade cardboard & dowel rod model.  His sister Madelyn was his first teacher and mentor.  At seven, Owen started fiddle, and his first performance with the Pineland Fiddlers was at the beloved Skye Theatre.


To stay up to date with Owen, please visit Facebook or his Google calendar.  To get in touch about an event, email or call his manager, Christina Kennedy, at 207-620-2355.