ROSALYN DENNETT, fiddle
Rosalyn is a leading old time musician, and folk/roots artist in Canada. Her fiddling and singing was showcased through her 6 years performing in the all-female quartet Oh My Darling, and her recent work has included recordings with Ken Whiteley, The Living Daylight Stringband, Hannah Shira Naiman, and Frank Evans. She has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Roots Album "Oh My Darling" and "Sweet Nostalgia”. Rosalyn has performed sold out shows across Europe and Canada including performing for Canada Day at Trafalgar Square in London (UK), Mainstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Tønder Festival (DK). She has opened for Tegan & Sarah, and Blue Rodeo with the band Oh My Darling, shared the stage with Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell, Le Vent du Nord and many more fine artists.
RACHEL MELAS, bass
Born in New York City, Rachel Melas started playing Bass in 1976 at the age of 16. She worked her way through 2 Mel Bay for Bass books and learned the basslines off of a pile of blues, jazz and reggae records and since has played music continually in many different settings. She has been a bump on the log of Canadian music for about the last 20 years performing every thing from the post punk groove music of the Animal Slavesto the World beat of Mother Tongue and the atmospheric Folk of the Courage of Lassie, amongst others. Playing string bass in a Cajun Dance Band is the logical culmination of a long and varied career. She currently performs with Klezmer band, The Horables, singer songwriter Max Woolaver, French pop jazz outfit Amelie et les Singes bleus, and vintage swing specialists Moo'd Swing, as well as Appalachian roots singer songwriter, Hannah Shira Naiman.
ARNIE NAIMAN, guitar
Arnie Naiman wears many hats within the American oldtime music scene, and although he has earned much respect as a guitarist and fiddler, he is most known for his clawhammer 5 string banjo playing- which earned him 2nd place in the West Virginia Appalachian Stringband Festival within the senior clawhammer banjo category in 2015. Arnie has written over two dozen banjo tunes which have been recorded, and published worldwide. Arnie performs with Uncle Henry's Favourites, Hannah Shira Naiman, and Ragged But Right. His first album 5 Strings Attached With No Backing (Merriweather Records Ltd., 1997), recorded with Chris Coole, has earned him great recognition within the Appalachian old time music scene—he has since recorded and co-produced 5 oldtime music albums. Arnie has recorded with Erynn Marshall, The Albermarle Ramblers, The Marigolds, Hannah Shira Naiman, Ragged But Right, Jim Childress, and Kathy Reid-Naiman. He is the VP and co-founder of Merriweather Records Ltd., a homegrown record label dedicated to oldtime music and quality children's music since 1995. Along with Chris Coole, Chris Quinn and Brian Taheny, he has been producing an annual banjo showcase in Toronto, The Banjo Special.