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Known for its dramatic ensemble work, Eh?! takes new and old music to the far reaches of imagination. Eh?! was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2011 as Best Instrumental Ensemble. An Eh?! concert is an adventure in collaboration between three stellar musicians and all who lend their ears.
Originally from Manitoba, Anne Lederman is an internationally acclaimed fiddler, singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist strongly rooted in many musical traditions - Celtic, Métis and French-Canadian, Klezmer, Balkan and African. Over her 30 year career, Anne has worked with such bands as Muddy York, The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Siyakha, and LOKA and such artists as Harry Hibbs, Margaret Christl, Don Freed, Holly Cole, Theresa Tova, Tom Leadbeater and Garnet Rogers, among others. Currently, she performs with Njacko Backo and Lederman/Bell in addition to Eh?!, and has recorded five CDs under her own name. Anne also composes and writes for theatre, and teaches Folk Fiddle at RCM and York University.
Emilyn Stam is a fiddler, pianist and accordionist who worked closely with the late Oliver Schroer as a founding member of Twisted String in British Columbia. A wonderful improviser, composer and collaborator she has worked with Pierre Shryer, Daniel Lapp, David Woodhead, Anne Lindsay, Bill Brennan, Soozi Shlangar, Jaron Freeman Fox, Beneath the Ice, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Shoeless, Filippo Gambetta and Dutch band Te, among others. She has been on numerous CDs, has one of her own, Holding Time and most recently, Emilyn Stam and John David Williams. She has been nominated for 4 Canadian Folk Music Awards and 2 Junos and is co-founder of Balfolk Toronto.
James Stephens is known both for his work as a performer and as a producer/recording engineer. In performance, he plays a multitude of stringed instruments with an emphasis on fiddling. He has an abiding love for traditional music, was the principal songwriter in critically acclaimed pop/roots band Fat Man Waving and has recorded/performed with many Ottawa area singer/songwriters such as Lynn Miles, Ian Tamblyn, Melwood Cutlery and Terry Tufts. Currently, he performs with The Brian Pickell Band, Ecosse, renowned clawhammer banjo player Ken Perlman, and JIIG (James, Ian Robb, Ian Clark, Greg Brown) whose self-titled CD won a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005. James also teaches regularly at fiddle camps throughout Canada and the U.S.
August 10, 2017Music
The three ace fiddlers of Eh?! play the hell out of Canadian and World traditions; they also compose, sing in 3-part harmony, and switch up on keyboards, mandolins, guitars, accordions, kalimbas and feet.
Anne Lederman (4- and 5-string violins, kalimba, feet, piano, accordion, tenor guitar),
Emilyn Stam (5-string violin, keyboard, accordion, voice)
James Stephens (4 and 5-string violins, 4 and 6-string tenor guitar, mandolin, voice)