Award winning fiddler Sarah Tradewell is a Victoria-based musician whose middle name should be versatility. Not only a fine fiddler, you may have seen her performing with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, with singer Ken Lavigne, in shows with Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, or at the Irish Times Pub with Black Angus. Sarah is well known to fiddlers and folkies as a fixture in the fiddle community: equally comfortable playing old time, country and Celtic music. Born in Saskatchewan, Sarah grew up in a musical household, learning music from her family, friends, and old-fashioned community music making. She learned her first fiddle tunes from Métis fiddler Dean Bernier in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and has maintained a love of old time fiddling ever since. She regularly attended fiddle contests around her native province and became Saskatchewan Traditional Champion in 2006. Sarah moved to Victoria a year later and immersed herself in the vibrant music scene. Sarah is a two-time BC Fiddle Champion and has competed at the invitational Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championships. She maintains a busy performance schedule, balancing her love of classical music with her passion for fiddling. Sarah has performed at the first Victory Ceremony at BC Place for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, in professional theatre productions (Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, My Fair Lady, Pride and Prejudice, Animal Crackers), and at the Sydney Opera House with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011.
Sarah completed her Bachelor of Music Performance in viola at the University of Victoria, earning the Victoria Medal for the highest graduating average from the Faculty of Fine Arts. She is an active performer as a violist, fiddler, singer, and has played with the Victoria Symphony, the Galiano Ensemble, and the Vancouver Island Symphony as well as many other local ensembles. Sarah has performed solo shows all over the island, including Qualicum Beach, Coombs, Port Alberni and Gabriola Island. You can also catch her accompanying Ken Lavigne, pumping up the party with Black Angus and playing for old time and contra dances.