Osborne has played violin and fiddle from an early age. She has given performed and taught internationally on four continents.
A fiddler, violinist, and general performer who loves to collaborate across artistic genres.
Have worked with magicians, circus artists, story tellers, dancers, visual artists, theatre and more!
Fiddler and Dance Musician
Osborne loves nothing better than throwing back the rugs to play for dancers! Whether in her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Canada or across the globe in Hong Kong spreading the music of NL is her passion. Evelyn feels that keeping the connection between music and dance alive is vital to the human experience of music.
Osborne has performed and taught fiddle and dance workshops throughout Canada, in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Dr. Osborne’s repertoire focuses on Newfoundland dance music and in particular what she learned from working with over 100 tradition bearers in her 15 years of research.
Evelyn believes that music is part of our creative human experience. She takes every opportunity to work with artists across genres. This often leads to improvisational collaborations such as composing improvised and responsive music on the spot for storytellers, belly dancers, silent films, VJs, magician/clowns and more globally.
Playing music with and for others is one of the great joys in life. From chamber music, to Baroque or modern ensembles, to dinner theatre, to all sorts of popular music bands, and various non-traditional/ cross-genre ensembles, Osborne loves to play and create together.
I can attest to Dr. Osborne’s stellar reputation in eastern Canada as a talented fiddler…. we miss her contributions to folk life in this part of Canada.
– Jane Dennison, NL Folk
Dr. Evelyn Osborne was a regular performer at our festivals and events from 2013-2015. She is well known as a fiddler in St. John’s. She is also very generous with her time and skills, and is supportive of organizations that promote cross cultural education.
– Dr. Zainab Jerrett, Executive Director, Tombolo Multicultural Festival Newfoundland and Labrador Inc.