Classical violinist -- and retired English professor -- with a strong interest in the Cape Breton and Scottish fiddling traditions. I was fortunate to grow up in a musical family and began studying violin many years ago at the age of six, blessed with some inspiring early teachers. I live in Ottawa, Ontario, and I play primarily on a Guy Harrison violin made in 2011 (modelled on a 1742 Delgesu). Playing the violin has been a lifelong passion but not a profession; fiddling is a more recent diversion, a return to my musical roots in Atlantic Canada. I remain a keen student of music in all its forms as well as of literature.