Alex is a musician from Almonte who plays the fiddle and mandolin. At 17 years of age he has already performed on stages throughout the Valley and in Ottawa, including on Parliament Hill, 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio, Celtfest festivals, and the Valley Stage at Renfrew Fall Fair.
Alex also competes and has been a finalist in his category many times – including at the Ottawa Fiddle and the Pembroke Old-Time Fiddle Competitions.
In 2017, Alex was the recipient of the Danny O’Connell Memorial Award, recognized for his role in advancing the Ottawa Valley fiddle tradition.
Alex is a versatile musician. He is currently in the grade 12 strings class at Canterbury High School playing classical violin. He is also a proud member of the Ottawa Traditional Fiddling and Folk Art Society, having fun in performances and at local jams and fiddle club gatherings.
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In this photo, Alex is on Parliament Hill to perform at a Senator’s reception for National Fiddling Day. (In the photos below he is playing at a 2017 St. Patrick’s performance with the Mullan sisters at the legendary Gavin’s Hotel in Quyon Quebec; with Sherryl Fitzpatrick on a live music show on Renfrew’s 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio back in April 2016; and at a benefit concert in Perth in Spring 2016.
Alex attends local jams as often as he can – and he particularly likes the weekly session at the Naismith Pub in Almonte. He looks for as many opportunities as possible to meet with people who have the same passion for music. (Below are photos of his street performance at the 2014 Puppets Up! Festival, on one of the many nights of fun at the Naismith Pub jam session, with MC Charlie Kitts on the Valley Stage at the Renfrew Fall Fair, and on the Main Stage at Almonte’s 2014 Celtfest.)