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Biographical Info Brad performs in the Cape Breton fiddle tradition, passed on to him from his grandfather – a fiddler, and a Lefort – from Cheticamp, Cape Breton, NS. His bio reads: “Playful Celtic fiddle with a modern interpretation, Brad Reid’s fresh fiddle phrases connect old traditions with modern popular music, drawing on global influences such as latin, classical, jazz, and hip hop. Nominated for a 2024 East Coast Music Award, a 2022 East Coast Music Award, and two 2021 Nova Scotia Music Awards, he’s been described as a “world class fiddler” by The Bluegrass Standard, and “a true pleasure” by Fiddler Magazine.” Brad Reid is also a saxophonist and woodwind doubler on clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon. After earning a music degree in jazz saxophone, from St. Francis Xavier University, Brad spent seven years working on cruise ships as a musician and bandmaster. He is now based in Halifax, NS, and his work includes shows at Neptune Theatre, with Symphony Nova Scotia, and with various other artists. Brad also performs as a side musician on double bass, electric bass, piano, and guitar.

Region Nova Scotia

Instruments Bass, Bassoon, Clarinet, Double Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Keyboard, Oboe, Piano, Saxophone, Tin Whistle, Violin

Do you teach? yes

What do you teach? A little bit of everything. Jazz, improv, along with fiddle, bagpipes, and accompanying fiddle music.


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