Baroque N' Fiddle String Quartet




Brad, who studied music at St. Francis Xavier University, began performing Cape Breton violin music years after his grandfather, a fiddler from Cheticamp (a village on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia) first took him to a practice and concert with the Cape Breton Fiddler’s Association as a teen.

More recently, Brad was invited to compete in the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition in 2016, and 2017, and participated in the 2017 Silkroad Global Musician Workshop at DePauw University in Indiana, USA.
The Baroque N' Fiddle String Quartet is traditional Celtic music in a classic string quartet.

The ensemble - founded by Halifax fiddler Brad Reid - features original arrangements of traditional Celtic violin music, largely from the Scottish Cape Breton repertoire. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



In 2011, Brad met and began performing with cellist Catherine Little (who would become the cellist with BNFSQ). ​​After listening to a rehearsal of Catherine's "classical" string quartet play Haydn, Brad was inspired to start arranging the music he knew to be played in a string quartet setting... and the BNFSQ was born!

These days when you see a performance of the Baroque N' Fiddle, you're most likely to see fiddlin' friends Anthony Rissesco and Carrie Van Slyke chopping away on violin and viola respectively to round out the quartet.


Noah Siegel at New Music Canada had this to say about the release of Buttermilk Mary in 2012:  

"As the group’s name would suggest, Nova Scotian fiddler Brad Reid has created an unusual blend of genres – the performance of traditional Celtic music in a classical string quartet. Catherine Little’s cello playing is superb – the sonic characteristics of her instrument in particular add a fresh take to Celtic folk. Buttermilk Mary is definitely not for everyone, but it will appeal very strongly to a select few. "​​​

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