Gretchen Koehler & Daniel Kelly blend the energy of Celtic fiddling with the nuanced lyricism of jazz piano. On their debut CD The Waxwing, Koehler & Kelly play a wide variety of reels, jigs, and airs -some old, some new- that highlight not only Koehler’s powerful fiddling but her tremendous multi-string arrangements within the unusual matrix of Kelly’s jazz.
"Masterful" -Fiddler Magazine
"Best New Sounds" -Thistle & Shamrock, N.P.R.
“I heard The Waxwing just as I arrived home from work today and was compelled to sit in my car until the last note was finished. I was enthralled.” -NCPR listener, Maitland, Ontario, Canada
Gretchen & Rebecca Koehler/fiddles, Brandt Kronholm/guitar, Beth Robinson/cello, Matt Bullwinkel/piano, Ed Clark/percussion, Joel Foisy/percussion, Stuart Kenney/bodhran
Parallel Lines captures the sisters' joy of making music side by side. The multi-string arrangements of Celtic and New England contra dance tunes are at times whimsical, rocky, sultry, pensive, and jazzy without the abandonment of strong traditional melodies.
"Two very important and virtuosic contributors to the sound of fiddling in the Northeast." -Fiddler Magazine
THE FIDDLERS' THREE
Rebecca Koehler, Don Woodcock, Gretchen Koehler
The Fiddlers Three is a collection of 30+ beloved Old Time fiddle tunes in beautiful three part harmony.
"What a treat to to have these three fiddlers--among the best in the Northeast--get together to play the music they love the most. Here, they bring us their remarkable individual skills and an exciting selection of favorite tunes, with a bonus of three part harmony." -Varick Chittenden, Folklorist
The Koehler Sisters have a "sibling synchronicity" that brings duet fiddling to a new level. Their special bond was recognized in TIME Magazine and syndicated TV series, "On the Road with Charles Kurault" and "PM Magazine." In their teens, they won fiddle championships in nine states and three provinces. Traditional Fiddling (1992) was the sisters' first solo album.
NEW ENGLAND FIDDLES
~30th Anniversary !
In 1988, The Koehler & Maranchie Families recorded an album that became an instant classic in the Northeast US and Canadian contest scene. Teenagers Gretchen Koehler, Nicole Maranchie (Engstrom), Tracy Maranchie (Gallagher), Rebecca Koehler and Jodi Maranchie played 35+ tunes in harmony with guest Duane Perry. The cassette celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.