Gretchen Koehler and Daniel Kelly set fiddle tunes ablaze with new groove. Their bold approach has caught the attention of the folk music establishment and they were featured on NPR's "The Thistle & Shamrock" showcasing the best new sounds. With their wide repertoire, Koehler & Kelly spark an innovative musical conversation while celebrating their deep respect for folk traditions. "Masterful,"-Fiddler Magazine.
On their debut album, The Waxwing (2015), they play a wide selection of reels, jigs, hornpipes and airs – some old, some original – that highlight not only Koehler’s powerful fiddling but her tremendous multi-string arrangements.
Gretchen Koehler is a vivacious 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. A early frontrunner in the American and Canadian contest circuit, TIME Magazine labeled 10 year old Koehler “astonishingly good.” In 2012 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. gretchenkoehlermusic.com
Daniel Kelly is an award-winning pianist and composer who blends jazz, classical and folk music into a signature sound. He has been declared "powerfully moving" by Time Out New York, and has performed with jazz legends Michael Brecker and Joe Lovano, hip-hop star Lauryn Hill, and modern classical giants the Bang on a Can All-Stars. He has toured throughout Southeast Asia and India as a part of the Kennedy Center and US State department-sponsored Jazz Ambassador program. danielkellymusic.com