Jessica Wedden from Ontario, Canada is a 16-year-old fiddler, trick fiddler, step dancer, composer, 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and a 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition semifinalist. Her upbeat Celtic, East Coast and Ottawa Valley style repertoire amazes all her audiences.
She has been developing and refining her own unique style from her lessons with professional fiddle teacher, Cindy Thompson, and very much draws from others such as Shane Cook, Tim Chaisson of the East Pointers, Scott Woods, Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster.
Jessica already has many impressive accomplishments including a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Young Performer of the Year, based on her first CD recorded at age 12; 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition semifinalist for Under 18; was interviewed live on Kingston’s CKWS-TV and was profiled in Halifax’s Celtic Life Magazine – December 2014 issue (Celtic Life Magazine - Jessica Wedden). Jessica has performed at the Havelock Country Jamboree; has been a special guest of Larry Mercey - from the seven time Juno Award winning Mercy Brothers Band; performed at Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada for the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group; was special guest of J.P. Cormier; special guest of Scott Woods and performed at the Perth RCMP Musical Ride.
Another recent performance cherished by Jessica was her invitation to open for three time Juno Award winning fiddler Ashley MacIsaac at the 2017 Festival of Small Halls Ontario, where she received a standing ovation and accompanied him on stage for a couple of fiddle tunes. Also, she advanced to the semifinal round of the 2017 Rising Star Talent Competition at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.
Jessica performs for special events, music festivals, fairs, private house parties, weddings, schools, fundraisers and community events thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to share her music and please her audiences. With her extreme dedication no doubt she will thrive as a professional performer, composer and private fiddle teacher.