Piano & Accordion Player Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Carolyn Holyoke has been collaborating with Celtic musicians most of her life. What began as an interest in traditional Scottish and Irish bands during her late teens, eventually led her to musicians in the Maritimes who were equally passionate over the folk/roots scene.
After a career as a music specialist in the public school system, Carolyn performed with ECMA nominees Kathleen Gorey-McSorley, Derrick Paul Miller as well as the band Brollachan. This gave her opportunities to perform in Scotland, Ireland, USA, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. A keyboard person at heart, Carolyn has played piano and accordion at events such as ECMA and Music New Brunswick showcases, Contact East, Celtic Colours, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Nova Scotia International Tattoo and the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil.
Thriving on new challenges, Carolyn helped to form a Celtic band in 2014 called Tangled Traditions which includes Katherine Moller and Tom Richards. In addition she performs as a duo with Line Genviève Michaud. Their style can best be described as world music, with influences from a variety of cultures.
Having recorded with other artists, Carolyn stepped out and produced her own CD Collage in 2013. This project combined her love of writing, arranging and collaborating with friends and colleagues from Miramichi, New Brunswick to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Following a 2014 ECMA nomination in the Roots Traditional Solo Recording category, Carolyn earned three 2014 Music New Brunswick nominations culminating in Collaborative Musician of the Year Award.