Traditional music that causes a wonderful stir and fills to overflowing every venue – that is Cecilia! Widely recognized as three of Canada’s finest musicians, it is a pleasure to see how much enjoyment Timi Turmel, Erin Leahy, and Louis Schryer find in playing together. While honouring their heritage as Cecilia, their music making has an undeniably fresh and high-spirited sound.
They bring the best of many musical worlds together in their explorations of traditional, Celtic and Quebecois music, all skillfully arranged and highlighted with influences from contemporary, classical, jazz and swing styles. Cecilia's recent debut album “Accent” is an impressive offering full of vibrant rhythms and melodies, all resonating with a unique warmth and richness of expression.
Each performance by Cecilia is a call to come out and share – not only in the joy of three dedicated musicians making music together but also in creating with Timi, Erin, and Louis a unique and memorable musical experience. You’ll find yourself with a smile that lasts long after the final notes of Cecilia’s accordion, piano, and violin have melted away.
Around the world, Timi Turmel is considered a master of the accordion. He grew up in a family of talented musicians, including his father, Jean-Marc, and his uncle, Robin, who inspired in Timi a deep passion for the instrument. So deep that even as a child, in the minutes waiting for the school bus each morning, Timi would pick up his accordion to practice just a little bit more.
From a young age, he began performing on stages and in many important competitions throughout Quebec and the United States. Crowned Quebecois Champion for three consecutive years, Timi went on to join ‘Mackinaw’, the distinguished Quebecois company of traditional dance. For many years, in his role not only as accordionist but also as pianist and musical director, Timi played in festivals all over Europe.
A gifted creative, Timi Turmel is known and loved for his ‘joie de vivre’, generosity, and dedication to musical excellence. This commitment to excellence is at the heart of his decision to collaborate with Erin Leahy and Louis Schryer. For Timi, playing together as 'Cecilia' is a remarkable opportunity for musical exploration that has also grown into a beautiful friendship.
Multi-award winning Canadian champion, Louis Schryer stands out as one of this generation’s most respected and sought-after fiddle players. He is both the only 8-time Canadian Fiddle Champion and the only artist to hold the title of 4-time Grand Masters Fiddle Champion.
With his soulful touch and exhilarating spontaneity, Louis enchants audiences each time his bow crosses the strings of his violin. With what can only be described as masterful stylistic diversity, Louis’ playing elegantly spans the spectrum of violin music. His foundation in traditional, Québecois, Cape Breton, and Irish fiddle styles, as well as, swing and classical genres has shaped his unique sound. Whether Louis performs as a solo artist, in a small group or with an orchestra, his talent is virtuosic.
Louis’ playing has taken him across Canada including performances as a soloist with several orchestras in the Ottawa region. Highly regarded for his generosity as a mentor, Louis has taught at numerous high-profile music camps including the Grand Masters Fiddle Camp and the Leahy Music Camp. At home, Louis’ recording studio allows him to compose, arrange, record, and produce music.
Canadian musician, composer and arranger, Erin Leahy has earned a reputation for her exceptional talent and versatility. She is a powerhouse on the piano, playing traditional, Celtic, ragtime, classical, and jazz-influenced music. Erin also plays violin with the same command and musicality.
As a member of the internationally renowned Canadian band LEAHY, Erin and her siblings have enjoyed a long and distinguished musical career. They have worldwide sales of more than half a million albums and have received numerous awards, including three JUNOS. With extensive touring, their sound and spirit have garnered fans from around the globe.
When not performing or recording, Erin dedicates her time to composing and arranging, and is greatly respected for her ability to articulate, with artful sensitivity, a remarkable range of emotion and musical diversity in her work. In addition to LEAHY’s significant catalogue of recordings, Erin has released a self-titled solo piano album that includes original compositions and arrangements. Recent album releases include LEAHY's Good Water and Cecilia’s Accent.
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