Sherryl Fitzpatrick

A native of Ottawa, Ontario, she is now in her 32nd year of running her own school of music. Having been exposed to many different styles of fiddling growing up, having attained her grade 8 RCM and Grade 2 theory, she has a deep appreciation for all styles which can be heard in her playing and in her original compositions. In addition to playing fiddle, she has been playing piano for the past 18 years crediting Kimberley Holmes, Denis Lanctot, Germain Leduc and Rachel Aucoin as her main piano influences. She has provided piano accompaniment for Calvin Vollrath, Shane Cook, Yvon Cuillerier, Germain Leduc, Gordon Stobbe, Kimberley Holmes, Keith Wilson, Peter Dawson, Dennis Harrington, Randy Foster, Stéphanie Lépine, Anna Ludlow, Leo Ready, Alex George and Ben Plotnick. She has provided piano accompaniment for contestants at the Pembroke Old Tyme Fiddling Contest, Metcalfe Fiddle & Step Competition as well as the Richmond Fiddle & Step Contest.

Sherryl is a member the Tiger Island Trio featuring Dennis Harrington and Randy Foster on fiddle and Sherryl on piano. They will delve into the rich heritage of Old Time Fiddling by playing music from the repertoire of Don Messer, Graham Townsend, Ward Allen, Andy Dejarlis, Ivan Hicks and Calvin Vollrath to name a few. Having collectively composed over 100 traditional tunes, they perform some of their original compositions, highlighting their ability to incorporate beautiful blends of harmony. Featuring the strong harmony vocals of the Foster Brothers (Randy and Keith), they resurrect songs from Mac Beattie, Faron Young, Ray Price, Hank Williams and Bobby Helms which they incorporate into their performances. www.facebook.com/tigerislandtrio

Sherryl is a member of the Classic Country Band, “Heritage Country” featuring Dennis Harrington on fiddle. She provides piano accompaniment to some of the great country classics in addition to providing accompaniment for the Old Tyme dance and Square dance numbers.

As a former member of the Bb Sisters, she has earned a 2012 ECMA nomination for Roots/Traditional Group of the Year, was nominated for a Galaxie Rising Star Award, won the duet class at the Maritime Fiddle Festival and were featured performers at the Ottawa Folk Festival .

She directed her own fiddle camp, Ottawa Valley Fiddle Camp, for 14 years. She has been a guest instructor at numerous fiddle camps, most notably the Canadian Grand Masters camp, Ship’s Company Theatre Fiddle Camp, Tamworth Fiddle Camp, Tobique Fiddle Camp, Second Wind Fiddle Camp as well as instructing groups of Native children in Norway House, Manitoba.

She has 5 recordings to date, 3 solo recordings where she features her own compositions and two recordings as a member of the Bb Sisters. She has written two books featuring her own compositions and many traditional standards.

She is the President of the Ottawa Traditional Fiddling and Folk Art Society in Ottawa. www.facebook.com/OTFFAS

Sherryl has been a special guest fiddler with the Cameron Highlanders Pipe & Drum Band of Ottawa. She is in demand as a fiddler for Irish Feis’ most notably the National Capital Feis Ottawa, Sue Fay Healy’s Christmas Feis Ottawa, Montreal Feis, Quebec City Feis and the NAV Canada annual Feis in Cornwall, ON. Sherryl holds a black stripe in ITF Tae Kwon Do, is a certified CSIA Level 2 ski instructor, a certified CSCF Level 1 Ski Coach and is a certified Reading Therapist through the Canadian Dyslexic Association.

You can contact Sherryl for more information on any of her projects at (613) 854-5665 or via email at sherryl@sherrylfitzpatrick.com or visit www.facebook.com/sherrylfitzpatrickschoolofmusic