I’m the fiddler in half of the duo called Atlantic Bridge, I also play bouzouki, piano, chinese erhu, and guitar was my first instrument. Our name came about for two reasons: 1.We play music from both sides of the Atlantic, and 2. Davy Spillane plays a nice jig in D-minor by this name: "Atlantic Bridge" that we like and play.
After coming over from England, we moved to eastern Canada: western New Brunswick. The other half of the duo is Penny Phenix, originally from U.K. who plays mandolin, guitar, penny whistle, and mando-banjo.
We play mostly in the maritime provinces with occasional outings to Ontario, and even more seldom: Alberta.
You can find us in attendance at some trad sessions like the one on Sundays at Dolan’s pub in Fredericton, NB, the Old Triangles: both in Moncton on Saturdays, and Charletown, P.E.I. on Thursdays. We don’t always have time between gigs to go to the sessions (that we love) but we go as often as the agenda allows.
Our repertoire ranges from well-known ‘session tunes’, to obscure material we picked up touring around Europe. All of it is Celtic: Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, Shetland, Breton and gypsy tunes. Our newest material now also includes some Algerian music.
We’ve toured the UK with Cape Breton fiddler: legendary Jerry Holland (r.i.p.), hung around Aly Bain and his flute player Cathal, did some messing around with Irish fiddler Kevin Burke, got in trouble in Edinburgh with
Scottish band "Frugal Shifty"…better known as "Shugal Nifty", got the cold shoulder from another famous band I won’t name: (—————-) (you know who you are), until of course they got wind that we were having dinner with Jerry Holland (our good buddy and travelling companion) and then we were in their "good books". At that point I didn’t want any more to do with those sycophants. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.
Here are our Facebook details in case: (the little ‘f’ is the best I can muster which is of course the beginning of any facebook address: fAtlantic-Bridge-112158118860773
There isn’t much on there yet, but we had to add all those digits because apparently "Atlantic Bridge" is a popular name. We’re NOT to be confused with "Frantic Atlantic"…thank you very much and have an AWESOME day!!!