Bio

Bright and lively; yet powerful and gritty – Gillian Head's fiddle style is distinctive.  A native of New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Gillian took interest in the fiddle after learning to stepdance.  She went on to take lessons from the late Jerry Holland who had a tremendous impact on her playing and approach to music.   

Gillian's latest album, "Tidal" includes not only traditional Cape Breton tunes, but some of her own compositions as well.  Almost half the tracks include at least one of Gillian's own tunes.  On the album, she's joined by Jason Roach and Mary Beth Carty, with guest appearances by Colin Grant and Donnie Calabrese.   

Her fiddle playing has taken her all around Cape Breton and the U.S.; and her debut album, "Spirit"(2014) was nominated for Music Nova Scotia's Traditional/Roots Album of the Year in 2015.   

 

"..sure to keep your hands clapping and your toes tapping." -Celtic Life International 

 "Her fiddling is powerful and passionate.“ -Tom Keller, Folkworld.eu 

 "Not just another Cape Breton fiddler.. a totally new sound; innovative, complex, and completely lovely." -Jack Baker, Irish American News