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  • Fiddlers' Hall of Fame inductee Gretchen Koehler and U.S. Jazz Ambassador Daniel Kelly add a new groove to 200 year old jigs, reels and airs. "Masterful," -Fiddler Magazine.

 

  • Genre busting duo Koehler & Kelly will have you on your feet with their new groove on 200 year old jigs, reels and airs. "Best New Sounds," -Thistle & Shamrock, NPR

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Genre busting duo Koehler & Kelly blend the raw energy of traditional fiddling with the nuanced lyricism of jazz piano. Gretchen Koehler's left hand boasts a fierce Irish brogue and her bow arm provides a distinct Old Time drive, while her feet hammer out accompaniment on the floorboards in typical Quebecois style. TIME Magazine calls Koehler “astonishingly good."  Award winning pianist and composer Daniel Kelly blends jazz, classical and folk music into his signature sound. Time Out New York declares Kelly "powerfully moving." In concert, they spark an innovative musical conversation while celebrating a deep respect for folk music traditions. www.GretchenKoehlerMusic.com

 

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Fiddler Gretchen Koehler and jazz pianist Daniel Kelly blend the raw energy of American dance fiddling with the lyricism and improvisation of American jazz. "Masterful," writes Fiddler Magazine of the duo's dynamic sound. Koehler, a champion fiddler and Fiddlers' Hall of Fame inductee, is fluent in over a dozen distinct fiddle styles. Kelly, a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, has brought his depth of knowledge of American jazz to audiences around the world. Together, Koehler & Kelly spark an innovative musical conversation while celebrating their deep respect for folk traditions. Their bold approach has caught the attention of the folk music establishment, and they were featured on NPR's "Thistle & Shamrock." www.GretchenKoehlerMusic.com


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Fiddler Gretchen Koehler and jazz pianist Daniel Kelly blend the raw energy of American dance fiddling with the lyricism and improvisation of American jazz. "Masterful," writes Fiddler Magazine of the duo's dynamic sound. Koehler, a champion fiddler and Fiddlers' Hall of Fame inductee, is fluent in over a dozen distinct fiddle styles. Kelly, a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador, has brought his depth of knowledge of American jazz to audiences around the world. Together, Koehler & Kelly spark an innovative musical conversation while celebrating their deep respect for folk traditions. 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. 

 

Gretchen Koehler grew up in New England surrounded by the rich traditions of Old Time fiddle and Contra Dance music. As a teen, she established her reputation throughout the US and Canada, winning numerous fiddle championships, prompting TIME Magazine to call 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. www.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 part of the Kennedy Center and US State department-sponsored Jazz Ambassador program. www.DanielKellyMusic.com


PRAISE

"Best New Sounds." -Thistle & Shamrock, NPR

"Masterful." -Fiddler Magazine

"Koehler & Kelly deliver The Picture and The Thousand Words." -FolkAlleydotCom

Gretchen Koehler's fiddling is "astonishingly good." -TIME Magazine



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