We are happy to kick off our 2022-2023 DeCafe concert series with Ellen and Jaclyn, a violin and cello duo. Read their bio below to learn more about the artist. They are currently touring their new album, and have chose Perkins Center for the Arts as a stop along their tour!
As a multicultural artist, with Scottish, Irish, French and Malaysian heritage, Jocelyn integrates the Celtic and folk traditions of her roots into her shows and compositions. With uplifting energy and engaging stage presence, she presents a lively and joyful performance of traditional, contemporary, and original music.
With her band and other collaborations, Jocelyn has toured across Canada, and in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, and Malaysia. Performances have taken her from international festival stages and theatres, to intimate house concerts and community dances; from medieval castles, to incomparably special hometown shows.
Jocelyn has appeared on CBC and BBC radio and television, and in numerous press publications; performed for royalty; and shared the stage with internationally-renowned artists, The Chieftains (Ireland), The Battlefield Band (Scotland), and Carlos Núñez (Spain).
As a recording artist, Jocelyn has released three albums – her Debut, received multiple award nominations, and her second album, Caravan, was nominated for “World Artist of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. A third album, Wind Rose, was released in June 2022, recorded with band members and special guest collaborators in BC and Scotland.
As an educator, Jocelyn has taught fiddle and stepdance lessons and workshops at numerous schools, venues, and festivals in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and France. She is passionate about sharing the joy of music and dance, and helping others learn.
An active member of her community, Jocelyn was named a 2017 BC Culture Days Ambassador, as part of a Canada-wide movement to make culture accessible to all. She was selected as a 2010 Olympic Torchbearer, for Community Leadership Recognition.
Jocelyn has a Master of Music Degree, from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. She performs with The Jocelyn Pettit Band, Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira, and other special collaborations.
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