Gretchen Koehler, fiddle & Daniel Kelly, piano

Gretchen Koehler, fiddle & Daniel Kelly, piano

Best New Sounds.
— Thistle & Shamrock, NPR
Koehler & Kelly deliver The Picture and The Thousand Words.


Genre busting duo Koehler & Kelly set fiddle tunes ablaze with new grooves. Their unique soundscape infuses the energy of traditional dance music with the irresistible rhythms of jazz. The fiddle and piano weave in and out of jigs and reels with a delivery that ranges from elegant to fierce, searing to sensitive. Their new approach has caught the attention of the folk music establishment, most notably NPR's Thistle & Shamrock showcasing "Best New Sounds" from rising artists.  "Masterful." -Fiddler Magazine

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Gretchen Koehler is a champion fiddler with an atlas of musical styles at her fingertips. Her left hand boasts a fierce Irish brogue, her bow arm provides a distinct American Old Time drive while her feet hammer out accompaniment on the floorboards in typical Quebecois style.  An early standout in the American and Canadian fiddle contest circuit,  TIME Magazine identified 10 year old Koehler as “astonishingly good.”  She was inducted into the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame (NY State rep.), and most recently Fiddler Magazine labeled her one of the futures of Celtic fiddle. 


Daniel Kelly is an award-winning pianist and composer who blends jazz, classical and folk music into a signature sound. He has performed with jazz legends Michael Brecker, hip-hop star Lauryn Hill, modern classical giants the Bang on a Can All-Stars and toured throughout Southeast Asia and India as a part of the US State department-sponsored Jazz Ambassador program.

On their debut album, The Waxwing, they play a wide selection of reels, jigs and airs – some old, some original – that highlight not only Koehler’s powerful fiddling but her multi-string arrangements.