About Chrissy Crowley
Margaree, NS, CA
As a Canadian fiddler with a firm foundation in the traditional music of Cape Breton and the irrepressible curiosity of an artist driven to create and discover, Chrissy Crowley is now bringing her music worldwide. She has performed throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, captivating audiences with a talent that belies her youth. Her music is in a new direction; a path of fearless innovation which has earned the fiddler a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award, a Top 20 Under 20 in Canada award, and numerous East Coast Music Association and Music Nova Scotia nominations and showcases. "Rapidly gaining a fearsome reputation among the cognoscenti of Celtic fiddling, her playing is fiery and has a distinctly mischievous personality” .(Tim Readman, Penguin Eggs Magazine).
Deemed a "seriously swinging fiddler, technically flawless with every thrust of her bow and a spellbindingly precocious talent" by the Guardian UK, her first recording was released in 2007 when she was 17. The CD heralded the emergence of a fascinating new talent. A Sonicbids “Artists Spotlight” honour and various MNS and ECMA showcases including the 2008 “Rising Star” showcase, were acknowledgement of her great potential as was her selection as the CBC Galaxie's Celtic Artist of the Month (May 2009). Her highly anticipated second album, released in 2010, did not disappoint. Many fans expected a recording of the traditional tunes of her repertoire, and were pleasantly surprised to discover that Chrissy had recorded a mixture of new and old. Chrissy’s original compositions and her experimentation with various instruments and contemporary arrangements acoustically expressed her irrepressible free spirit.
Chrissy's latest recording, is titled "Last Night's Fun." To maintain the fresh and lively sounds that are so often lost in a recording process, Chrissy chose to arrange and write all tracks the night before each studio session. The result is an album recorded with the same energy and spontaneity you'd find in Chrissy's live shows... an honest and raw sound."I said her next album would probably be interesting. I was right: Chrissy Crowley has successfully merged the energy of her would– be rock–chick side with the quality of her traditional fiddle background, and produced a collection of music which is both powerful and beautiful." The Living Tradition
Now living in Sydney, Chrissy is originally from the beautiful Margaree area of Nova Scotia, Canada, a place known for its cherished musical culture. The music of the ceilidh resonates in the majestic mountains and peaceful valleys incorporating not only the tunes of the Scottish Gaels but also those of the area's Irish and French-Acadians. Chrissy has been inspired by the traditions of artists who have gone before. She has embraced the music of her Celtic roots and made it her own.
(Written by Lisa Butchart, Offshore Gael Music)
What people are saying………..
“ Chrissy Crowley doesn't just set the stage on fire; she sets it ablaze. Crowley has it all as she demonstrated to a full house of wet music lovers at Celtic Colours on Friday night. She has the talent, energy to burn, her own sound, she writes her own powerful tunes, she's beautiful, funny, great with the audience and blows the roof off of every venue she plays. It wouldn't be a leap to say that Ms. Crowley will be the next international superstar of the Cape Breton fiddle, following in the steps of “old-timers” Natalie MacMaster and Ashley MacIsaac.” Rankin MacDonald, Inverness Oran, 2012
"A seriously swinging Cape Breton Fiddler. Some things just seem predetermined, inevitable, unavoidable. And so it is with the chosen vocation of one Chrissy Crowley. Born into a large family steeped in the ways of Celtic music, this unfeasibly young fiddler has taken on the twin mantels of both protecting and promoting the sounds of her native Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, the region where Celtic music prospers thanks to the Scottish, Irish and French-Acadian backgrounds of its residents. It's when she picks up her fiddle that she undertakes the true ambassadorial role, the sound of Cape Breton history emerging with every thrust of her bow. While technically flawless, Chrissy's playing also swings along with a sense of youthful mischief, while her natural curiosity will surely see her expanding the Cape Breton tradition in years to come. For now though, give your ears and heart over to a spellbindingly precocious talent."
Nige Tassell The Guardian (UK) 2012
"True to title, Last Night’s Fun soars like an old-school, live off-the-floor Cape Breton kitchen party; Parmar’s, Doodlesack Jigs, Stepdance Set, Trundle’s and Castlebay Scrap are sonic single-malts, while Shenanigans and Coig highlight Crowley’s fury and finesse on the fretboard. The new recording is more than a rootsy romp in Celtic hay, however; both the stirring Hillbilly Lullabillyand Archibald’s Aire showcase a softer side, while the pretty lull of Paddy’s Perambulation portraits the energetic artist as musically wise beyond her years. Still, the crux of this collection hinges on fun, frolic and the simple joy of a young woman letting loose on her fiddle. Easy on the ears and eyes, the twenty-something performer is quickly establishing herself as the masterful heir-apparent to Natalie McMaster." ~ Celtic Life International, Spring 2013
“…the first fruits of the endeavors of a brilliantly gifted teenager who has been sufficiently impassioned by traditional music to teach herself to play, and sufficiently steeped in it to produce work that has genuine riches of its
own… There’s a great deal to celebrate in the fact that Cape Breton music is being carried on in the hands of young musicians like Chrissy Crowley, manifestly respectful of its heritage, while finding ways to keep it contemporary and fresh.” Ray Templeton, Music
"When I come across those acts I make notes for myself and on the first available opportunity I head to the buyers room too see if those artists have left CDs, drop cards or promo materials behind. Invariably I come home with a stack of things which I’ll write about over the next couple of months. This year I came home with about a dozen CDs and contact information to obtain as many more. I’ve only cracked open one CD so far, Last Night’s Fun by Cape Breton fiddler Chrissy Crowley.
I’ve had trouble putting it away. I’ve heard Crowley before a number of times so I knew she was good but she really kicks things up a notch on this set. Crowley pours heart and soul into a mix that embraces traditional Cape Breton fiddle music but also takes some adventurous twists and turns. Crowley strikes a lovely balance here between the past and the present and between get-up-off-your-ass-and-dance material and sit-back-and-soak-up-the beauty material. She is an absolute joy to listen to, whether she’s full-throttle on a fast reel or a jig like those in Stepdance Set, rolling along to a march or going for the heart with a beautiful slow aire like Archibald’s Aire."
The Guardian PEI 2013
“It’s true some can be taught to play the fiddle and do well at it – but rarer is the person who was born to play – where the instrument is a natural extension of the artist and the music they make is truly pieces of them revealed…honest, real and oh so good. That’s Chrissy Crowley. Her talent as a player is matched perfectly by her personality -naturally gifted, wonderfully spirited and great fun indeed! I can’t wait to see what she creates next!!!” Stephanie Beaumont, Sea and be Scene 2013