Her music can be frenetic, soothing, hypnotic and energizing.

She’s able to conjure calming folk melodies and stirring rock-inspired riffs with ease.

Simply put, she makes fiddling cool.


Toronto-based musician Anne Lindsay, a familiar face to those who frequent Ottawa’s many festivals, makes a winter stop here this weekend on a tour to launch her latest CD, News From Up The Street.

Lindsay has had plenty of experience playing second fiddle (pun intended) to an impressive list of diverse artists, including Blue Rodeo, Led Zeppelin and Dionne Warwick.

And while this tour sees her sharing the stage with guitarist Jason Fowler folk singer Ian Tamblyn, it’s Lindsay’s time to direct some well-deserved attention to her talents as a fiddler, songwriter and singer.

Known primarily for her fast fingers on the fiddle strings, Lindsay decided to showcase her pipes on this sophomore CD.

“I didn’t sing on the last album, but I have been singing since childhood,” she says.

“I studied voice in high school, and I was supposed to audition for opera school, but I just couldn’t imagine myself with the helmet and the braids, so I dug into the violin, but I’ve always kept up with the singing.”

Lindsay expresses a special fondness for classic jazz standards, which explains why the Gershwin tune The Man I Love pops up on her newest disc.

But she says what really sets this album apart from her first — 2001’s Eavesdropping — is the contribution of producing partner Oliver Schroer.

“He is a good friend and an amazing fiddle player so having his influence, and his ears there guiding my playing, it was just such a treat,” explains Lindsay.

Catch the sensational fiddle stylings of Anne Lindsay, Saturday at the National Art Centre, Fourth Stage. Tickets are $20 at the NAC box office, and the doors open at 7:30 p.m. for her 8 p.m. show.


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