Jessica Wedden at Ranch Resort 2015


Jessica Wedden ~ Young Fiddler

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Jessica Wedden

Biography

Jessica Wedden from Ontario, Canada is a 16-year-old fiddler, trick fiddler, step dancer, composer, recording artist and award nominee. Her upbeat Ottawa Valley, Celtic and East Coast style repertoire amazes all her audiences.

Jessica was first introduced to the fiddle with Cindy McCall at the Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra of Maberly. Jessica has since been developing and refining her own unique style from her former private lessons with professional fiddle teacher, Cindy Thompson of Almonte. Jessica also draws from others, such as Shane Cook, Tim Chaisson of the East Pointers, Scott Woods, Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster.

Jessica already has many impressive accomplishments including a 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Young Performer of the Year based on her first CD recorded at age 12, a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination based on her original tune, a 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition semi-finalist in the category of Under 18 for her original fiddle medley, a 2018 Folk Music Ontario Developing Artist recipient (one of five youths chosen from across Ontario), and a 2017 Toronto CNE Rising Star Talent Competition semi-finalist. She appeared on Breakfast Television Toronto, Kingston’s CKWS-TV and was profiled in Halifax’s Celtic Life Magazine, December 2014 issue (Celtic Life Magazine - Jessica Wedden).

Jessica has performed at Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada for the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, Toronto's WinterFolk Festival, Ottawa's Marvest at CityFolk, Perth's RCMP Musical Ride, Perth's Stewart Park Music Festival, and the Havelock Country Jamboree. She was a special guest of J.P. Cormier, Scott Woods, Everything Fitz, and Larry Mercey, from the seven time Juno Award winning Mercy Brothers Band. Another performance cherished by Jessica, was opening for multiple Juno Award winning fiddler Ashley MacIsaac at the 2017 Festival of Small Halls Ontario, where she received a standing ovation and he asked her to accompany him on stage for a couple of fiddle tunes.

Jessica performs for special events, music festivals, fairs, private house parties, weddings, funerals, schools, fundraisers and community events.

When Jessica is not performing, she can be found finger picking her guitar, writing a song or fiddle tune, playing her keyboard, baking, running or sketching portraits in pencil.

Jessica thoroughly enjoys each opportunity to share her music. With her extreme dedication there is no doubt she will thrive as a professional performer, composer, studio musician and private fiddle teacher.

Fiddling is her passion!


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