Hailed by many as the “Canadian Alison Krauss,” Kelli Trottier will perform during the University of Hartford’s Hawktober Weekend celebration on Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium, which is located in the Harry Jack Gray Center at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford. Tickets are $20.
Not only is she an accomplished singer, she has been nominated three times for Fiddle Player of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association and is featured instrumentally and vocally on many studio recordings for other artists. Kelli has performed for Canadian soldiers in the Middle East and for the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. She has brought twenty thousand NHL Ottawa Senators Fans to their feet many times as the featured mid-game entertainer.
Trottier was featured as the lead female in the Toronto musical production SwingStep. She is currently touring North America with the very successful Bowfire entourage. Kelli’s soaring vocal pieces are, for many fans, a highlight of the Bowfire productions, often described as “The finest lineup of fiddle and violin virtuosi ever assembled on one stage.”
In addition to her extensive performing experience, Trottier continues to be a highly sought-after instructor and judge of fiddle and stepdance events across Canada and parts of the U.S.
Trottier’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of step-dance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed. The fiddle was a natural extension of the dance; and she learned from the senior masters of Celtic and Scottish traditional music. Kelli learned well from these sources and then embraced the exuberant rhythmic fiddle and step dance styles of the French Canadian pioneers.
“Kelli Trottier delivers an unforgettable performance as an acclaimed Canadian fiddler, stepdancer and singer. An exquisite blend of traditional Celtic, contemporary Country Folk. Bluegrass and Western Swing are synthesized with lush musical and vocal arrangements. An opportunity not to miss,” notes one review.
For tickets, visit the University box office or contact them at 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587.