Calvin Cairns (www.calvincairns.com)
Calvin offers private lessons to students of all levels at his studio in James Bay. Due to touring commitments, regular weekly lessons are not possible but Calvin welcomes students to book one off lessons or a series of continuing sessions working with his out of town schedule. Please contact Calvin directly at (250) 384-5050
Calvin Cairns is a Canadian fiddler and musical entertainer. He has toured extensively, as a solo musician and with various bands and theatre companies, in Russia, Europe, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, the USA, and from coast to coast to coast across Canada.
A graduate of Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, where he studied violin technique, arranging and composition, he has also received intensive private training on violin with teachers in Canada and England. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays the Fiddle, Concertina, Musical Saw, Accordion,and Piano.
Calvin is perhaps best known for his wildly popular band, The Romaniacs. Along with partner Steve Bengtson, he combined his Ukrainian background with other eastern European folk, gypsy jazz and pop influences to create a unique style of ethno-fusion. This non-stop tongue in cheek polka party performed at every major folk music festival in Canada. Other highlights included the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. The Romaniacs appeared with the Halifax and Thunder Bay Symphonies, recorded two albums (a third compilation was released to critical acclaim in Japan) and toured Australia.
He fiddled his way from Moose Jaw to Moscow with the Canadian folk music institution Stringband, a completely Canadian band with an internationally crisscrossing concert tour schedule including performances in Moscow, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Moldavia, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Boston and Baker Lake.
Calvin has also performed and recorded with Stuart MacLean and The Vinyl Café, The Bills, Connie Kaldor, Humphrey and the Dumptrucks, Don Freed, Ferron, Spirit of the West, Bob Bossin, and had the thrill of performing with folk legend Pete Seeger.