Laura Risk, Fiddle
Laura is a fiddler whose love of the music of Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Quebec has led her into a rich journey of performing and teaching. She has several highly acclaimed albums to her name, including her 1999 recording Celtic Dialogue with pianist Jacqueline Schwab, 2000 Miles, in 2004 with an impressive list of leading Quebecois musicians, and Triptych in 2011 with Kieran Jordan and Paddy League. Most recently, Laura plays in a hugely popular dance duo with Genticorum musician, Nicholas Williams, and is an extremely busy freelance muisican. Laura is also in demand as a teacher throughout the US and Canada, and is a regular favourite at Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp, Swannanon Gathering, Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp, the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School.. the list is long!

It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome Laura to Australia for the first time as guest artist at the 2018 Quebec Fiddle Weekend.

Visit Laura’s website to discover a lot more about her!
Rachel Aucoin, piano


Rachel’s music career started as a multi-awarded classical pianist, and she never imagined she would become a tradition bearer and mentor in the folk world. Her musical destiny changed in 1999,at her first trad festival performance, where “a window on the world had just opened and showed me the way to the music of my Acadian ancestors, bringing out a family tradition rich with singing, dancing and fiddling; kitchen style”. Rachel is a founding player with the cult dance band Tidal Wave (Raz de Marée) and the accompanist of choice by many leading Quebecois master players.
Nevertheless, Rachel meets her greatest interest and passion through teaching; Rachel runs an annual camp and regular classes and dances in Quebec. In her words she is “busy building a bridge between the spontaneity and immersive folk experience and the aesthetic beauty and refinement of classical artistry.”
Rachel is also a very bubbly character and a lot of fun to be with!

Rachel’s website Marée Musique is full of info… in French!
Pria Schwall-Kearney, fiddle, kids’ class


Kit Joyce, accordion and free reeds


Jeanette Mill, Contradance
Jeanette Mill is a contra dance caller, musician, composer, workshop facilitator, organiser and dancer based in Canberra, Australia. Renowned for her clear and concise calling style, she has performed at dances and festivals across Australia and internationally. When she isn’t calling, Jeanette plays piano and foot percussion, the latter reflecting her interest in Quebecois music. Her passion has led her to immerse herself in Contra and Quebecois music and dance on regular visits to New England, USA, and Quebec. She performs with Australia’s leading contra dance bands, and has called with such stellar international artists as Crowfoot, and key members of La Bottine Souriante and Genticorum.

Jessica Foot, woodwind, kids’ class