Shane Cook and the Woodchippers
A Canadian and US National fiddle champion, Shane Cook is a multi-instrumentalist who has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition. 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.
While Shane appeared at the Festival in 2015 to great acclaim, his multi-talented band are brand new to the festival. The band is made up of Emily Flack (piano, vocals and dance), Joe Phillips (vocals, double bass and guitar) and Kyle Waymouth (five-time national step dance champion) on guitar, tenor banjo 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 Celtic, folk, roots, bluegrass and swing.
Many of the group’s fiddle tunes, songs and dances have roots tracing back to the lumber camps of Ontario as well as Ireland, Scotland, Quebec and the American South. Each band member also contributes their own compositions and songs, blending folk, roots, country, contemporary and jazz styles. Without fail, their Ottawa Valley style step dancing always electrifies.