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Gretchen Koehler


Gretchen Koehler has 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 Québecois style. Gretchen Koehler's unique style fuses the danceability of traditional fiddling with the finesse of a classical violinist.

Gretchen grew up in the musical melting pot of New England. She was inducted into the North American Fiddlers' Hall of Fame (NY State rep.) and was honored with a Heritage Award from Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) for her work preserving the region's musical traditions. She weaves her fiddling into a range of other styles of music, an ability that’s been highlighted by her recent collaborations with internationally known jazz pianist Daniel Kelly. Their duo, "Koehler & Kelly" combine traditional Irish fiddling with jazz piano. Their debut CD, The Waxwing was featured on NPR's Thistle & Shamrock- Best New Sounds.