In 2006, Shane (www.shanecook.com) retired from competitive fiddling as one of Canada’s most highly awarded fiddlers. He is a three-time Canadian Open National Fiddle Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, a Grand North American Fiddle Champion, and is the only Canadian to have ever won the US Grand National Fiddle Championship, a feat he accomplished at just 17 years of age.
Shane is proud to be a member of the PBS hit show Bowfire – a showcase featuring some of the leading names in modern violin playing, and he is also a member of The Brian Pickell Band – a collection of Canadian virtuosos of traditional music. He has performed his own show with several orchestras and has a new duo CD, When Here Meets There, with East Coast Music Award winner Troy MacGillivray, which won the 2009 East Coast Music Award for Instrumental Recording of the Year . He also leads his own band with whom he has recently released his fourth solo CD that the London Free Press describes as “Relaxed, sprightly…and brilliantly played.”
Shane has four solo recordings to his credit including ” Cookin’ on the Fiddle ,” “Heritage Fiddles “ and ” Sundry,” a superb eclectic sampling of several of Shane’s masterful fiddling styles. His most recent release, a self-titled project, is a collection of the most important and influential tunes in his own Canadian oldtime fiddle repertoire.
Shane is a respected fiddle instructor and has taught at numerous fiddle and traditional music camps including the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp, the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Camp, Algoma Trad, Fiddles on the Tobique, and the Calvin Vollrath Fiddle Camp.