Hometown: Riverview New Brunswick Canada
Web site: http://www.samantharobichaud.ca
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Recent Awards & Recognition
• San Diego July 2005, Awarded Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin
• 2 ECMA 2005 nominations; “Instrumental” & “Roots Traditional Solo Recording of the Year“
• 2nd Place Finalist 2004 International Songwriting Competition Teen Category “Elmo’s Reel”
• Honorable Mention “Vivacious” Instrumental Category
Here is what has happened to 20 year old Samantha in the last 18 months:
• California Strawberry Festival Fall 2007
• 2 week tour of China August 2007
• Headlines Hometown Canada Day concert
• Working on 5th CD to be released fall 2007
• Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Park
• Fiddle instructor Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp Nashville, TN Summer 2006
• Pacific Contact Showcase Vancouver, BC March 31, 2006
• North American Folk Alliance Showcase Austin, TX - February 2006, Montreal February 2005,
• Music New-Brunswick Week, May 2007
• East Coast Music Awards, Charlottetown PE – February 2006
• Tour of Alberta, Canada – January 2006
• Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Showcase, Kingston ON – October 2005
• Toured State of Washington Summer 2005
• Jan 2005 Showcase in New York at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters
• Musical achievement award during 2005 Atlantic Teen Day in Moncton
• July 2004 awarded Maritime Fiddle Champion 2004, Best Waltz 2004, Best Jig 2004 and the Don Messer Memorial Award 2004
”She is absolutely wonderful, a great talent” “It is great to see her grow up and be an incredible player” “Mark O’Connor”
Samantha is a lively, youthful Atlantic Canadian Fiddler with Acadian roots who first picked up the fiddle at the age of 4 and has never put it down.
Her passion, desire and drive have led her to achieve incredible success in just a short time. Samantha has performed on many prestigious stages and events, standing ovations during 2 week tour of China as professional soloist with the New Brunswick Youth Symphony Orchestra, represented province of New Brunswick as Tourism Ambassador on US junkets, Celtic Colours Cape Breton, Carnegie Hall, Grand Ole Opry, Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville, the Calgary Stampede new artist stage and youth stage, Klondike days in Edmonton, the nationally broadcast CBC TV East Coast Music Awards show, CBC Acadian World Congress Closing Show, "A Musical Maritime Odyssey" performing for Queen Elizabeth II during her last Canadian visit in 2002.
Samantha’s photogenic looks and contagious personality have also had her invited on photo shoots for magazines, calendars, TV/Radio interviews across Canada, TV commercials, studio recording work for CBC shows and commercials. Over the course of her already long 15 year career, fans in eastern Canada have repeatedly found Samantha performing at Maritime Festivals such as Shediac Lobster Festival, Miramichi Folksong Festival and Festivals in PEI and New Brunswick Day Festival of the Arts as well as the prestigious Lunenburg Folk Festival.
Fall 2007 Samantha releases ”A New Stage” her 5th independent CD’s, this new recording features the collaboration of her new guitarist and producer Chris Colepaugh and also shows how much Samantha has grown not only as a songwriter but also as a singer.
March (2004) Samantha released her last recording "Vivacious" a vibrant and playful CD with Samantha being released nationally for the first time. “Vivacious” features five of Samantha' original compositions, the CD also includes two tracks featuring Samantha’s very sweet sounding voice. When asked about the new album Samantha says "I have put my heart and soul into this album, I truly love what I do". To date Samantha has released three previous strong selling recordings: "Hitting the Notes"(1997), "Just being Me" (1999) and "Twistin' the Bow" (2001)
What the critics are saying about Samantha’s music
“Audiences have fawned over each of her four performances in China, and she was called back for bows twice at the Forbidden City Concert Hall on Wednesday night” (Marty Klinkeinberg Telegraph-Journal)
"Twistin' the Bow is Fresh and exciting” (Bob Mersereau - CBC Entertainer Reporter)
"Fiddlin' Samantha Works Magic" (Greg Perry Times & Transcript)
"Samantha Robichaud's Stage presence packs a wallop" (Julie Clinton Times & Transcript)
"She certainly came up with a winning CD; it contains 17 tunes, all superbly played by Samantha" (Atlantic Seabreeze)
Samantha has always demonstrated a strong love for all styles of fiddle playing; her drive to perfect a unique feel and style has also been influenced through classical training. Samantha has discovered after several years of classical training a deeper understanding of the instrument combined with her already mature natural skills. Samantha is often a guest of many Symphony Orchestras.
In the last two years this 20 year old accomplished musician has performed over 150 shows across Canada and the United States, performing to audiences at the Canada Winter Games, showcasing at the East Coast Music Awards and a guest appearance with the Nova Scotia Symphony at the National Arts Center in Ottawa.
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