Gretchen Koehler is a vivacious fiddler with an atlas of musical styles at her fingertips. Her left hand boasts a fierce Irish brogue, her bow arm provides a distinct American Old Time drive while her feet hammer out accompaniment on the floorboards in typical Québecois style. Gretchen Koehler is a performer who charms audiences with her unique style that fuses the danceability of traditional fiddling with the finesse of a classical violinist.
A fiddler since the age of 5, Gretchen grew up in the musical melting pot of New England. Early in her career, she was known throughout the Northeastern US for her impeccable contest fiddling, winning championships in seven states and three Canadian provinces. At age ten, TIME Magazine wrote "little Gretchen Koehler gave a driving, foot stomping performance" for the audience of 25,000 that was "astonishingly good." Her strong musicality has given her the ability to weave her fiddling into a range of other styles of music, an ability that’s been highlighted by her recent collaborations with internationally known jazz pianist Daniel Kelly. Their duo, Koehler & Kelly combine traditional Irish fiddling with jazz piano. Their debut CD, The Waxwing was featured on NPR's Thistle & Shamrock- Best New Sounds.