fiddle, cello, viola da gamba, vocals
Christina Smith is recognised in North America and Britain as one of the foremost exponents of traditional Newfoundland fiddling. Since 1982 she has been collecting, researching, performing, teaching, and publishing on Newfoundland traditional music. Her articles on Newfoundland dance tunes and fiddle styles can be found in the Newfoundland Quarterly and the Journal of Newfoundland and Labrador Studies. She is the author of The Easiest Dance Tunes from Newfoundland and Labrador (2006) and Inshore Fiddling, (2008) an audio fiddle method. Winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Arts in Education award (2011), she teaches with the Suzuki Talent Education Program of St. John’s, directs Shallaway Youth Choir’s Fiddle program, teaches a yearly Newfoundland fiddle course called Partridgeberry Jam, and instructs a course in Traditional Newfoundland Fiddling at Memorial University School of Music. Christina tours internationally and records with the award winning groups Jean Hewson and Christina Smith and Frank Maher and the Mahers Bahers. She is the founder and director of the STEP Fiddlers, a group of young musicians who have been performing and recording Newfoundland tunes since 1983.