Biographies des instructeurs

Kerry Fitzgerald

Kerry Fitzgerald is a fiddler and step dancer originally from Bancroft, ON, Canada, now based in Toronto. Her musical roots are Ottawa-Valley fiddling and step dancing. She has also explored various Celtic and folk styles. Most recently, Kerry is pushing the boundaries of Celtic music with her solo “electro-fiddle” fusion project Fiddle Beatz, where she writes, arranges, and produces electronic arrangements of original fiddle tunes. She released her debut Fiddle Beatz album in May 2018, and most recent singles, Think You Know and Beauty & The Beatz in 2020. 

James Stephens

Multi-instrumentalist and arranger James Stephens, a core founding staff member of the AlgomaTrad organization is returning! He is known for his extensive work both as a performer and producer/recording engineer with traditionally influenced groups such as The Brian Pickell Band, Finest Kind, and Ecosse (Bobby Watt, Duncan Gillis, and Rob Graves) to name a few. James has taught at numerous music camps across Canada and the US. He was recently involved in a Canada Council-funded mentoring, teaching, and recording process in Smithers, BC known as the “Truffles” project. This project was co-created by well-known fiddle innovator and composer, Oliver Schroer and the local fiddle ensemble, The Valley Youth Fiddlers.

Chelsea Sleep

Chelsea Sleep’s musical upbringing was fostered by the Coast String Fiddlers, performing for local Scottish Country dances and events, attended fiddle camps and workshops, and studied closely with prolific Canadian fiddler and composer, Oliver Schroer. She has taught at fiddle camps and workshops throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, and in remote towns in Northern Canada. She has become a well-known advocate for teaching Schroer’s music, and being exceptionally gifted working with young children, beginners of all ages, and arranging music for large group ensembles. Chelsea was the well-loved Musical Director for Bad to the Bow Youth Fiddlers in Gibsons for 15 years. 

Hannah Naiman

A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Hannah Naiman plays clawhammer banjo, fiddle, ukelele and guitar.  Her work as a singer/songwriter earned her the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year (2017).   Hannah’s voice has appeared on many children’s albums: Hannah’s first children’s album, “Savez-vous plantez des choux?” (2002) was distributed to more than 10,000 babies across Ontario as part of the Early Years Literacy Kit. “Here We Go Zodeo”, an album recorded with Kathy Reid-Naiman, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and a SiriusXM Indie Award, and was awarded a 2012 Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Read more about Hannah!

Hannah-Lee Lawrence

Hannah-Lee Lawrence enjoys being creative in the kitchen and making both comfort foods and adventurous international dishes with plant-based ingredients. She has lived all over the world, in places like Singapore and Turkey, and many of her flavours and techniques are inspired by her past travels. Hannah-Lee has received training in vegan nutrition, most recently taking part in a six-month Plant-Based Professional Chef's Certification course online, and in 2018 she started her own vegan catering company called Black Cat Kitchen which she operates from home. Hannah Lee has been the vegetarian chef for the AlgomaTrad Family Camp and other AlgomaTrad events for many years.

Julie Schryer

Julie Schryer grew up in a Franco-Ontarian home that was filled with traditional music and song.  She began playing piano in 1972. Having four brothers as fiddle players gave Julie ample opportunity to develop as a piano accompanist.  During her youth she played for hundreds of fiddle players at competitions and events throughout Ontario and the rest of Canada. Although her style of playing is unique, there have been key influential piano players along the way – including Violet Tulloch, Felix Dolan, Yvan Brault and Josephine Keegan.    As a family, Pat, Julie, her two sons, Zach and Benoit, and Áine (Pat and Julie’s daughter) play concerts, dances, and events  as “The O’Schraves”.  Julie is a founder and administrator of AlgomaTrad. Read more about Julie!

Pat O'Gorman

Pat O’Gorman began playing bagpipes 53 years ago in the Ontario Highland Piping world and has studied traditional music in Ireland, Brittany and Cape Breton. He has been playing traditional music on wooden concert (Irish) flute for over 40 years and plays Irish Uilleann pipes and whistles as well. Pat has been at the cutting edge of Canadian Trad/Celtic music for 40 years with Na Cabarfeidh, Rare Air, Morgaine Le Fay, Windbags, and  with The Brian Pickell Band. He performs regularly with his family band “The O’Schraves” (the O’Gorman/Schryer/Lefebvre Family). He has lived in the Algoma region for 18 years and is a founder and artistic director, with Julie Schryer, of AlgomaTrad. Read more about Pat!