The art of Old Time Fiddling is deeply rooted in one of Ontario’s most energetic and entertaining fiddlers, Linsey Beckett. Linsey, an award winning fiddle player, Ottawa Valley step dancer and vocalist, is from a small farming community on Georgian Bay called Kemble. Although she considers herself a small town girl, Linsey has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, delighting audiences with her vibrant showmanship and contagious smile.
The tradition of fiddling has been passed down through many generations in Linsey’s family. Her love of fiddling and performing emerged from years of playing with her family band, The Beckett Family. Three generations of The Beckett Family have entertained audiences at fairs, old time dances, theatre shows, fundraisers and festivals across Ontario. Along with Linsey’s brother, Tyler, the duo have performed at a wide array of events, including the Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa for the CBC, Fiddles of the World in Halifax and the World Youth Day Celebrations in Toronto. Tyler and Linsey competed in many fiddle competitions throughout Canada, and are two time Canadian Duet Fiddle Champions and three time Ontario Duet Champions. Linsey also holds several individual accolades, including the Ontario Junior Fiddle Championships.
At the age of 13, Linsey began touring with the Don Messer Jubilee tribute show, Memories of an Islanders’ Jubilee, performing over 200 shows across Canada. In 2009, Linsey joined the international string production, Bowfire. Her involvement in Bowfire led to many exciting opportunities, such as performances with the Houston, Colorado and Calgary Symphonies, Sean Connery’s 80th Birthday celebration in the Bahamas, and on the runway of New York Fashion Week’s Dressed to Kilt. In the summers of 2011-2016, Linsey toured Europe and Scandinavia with Canadian Country Music Association and Dutch Country Music Association award winning group, South Mountain. Linsey is currently in high demand as a freelance musician, performer, educator and session player. In 2016, Linsey enjoyed touring with Juno winner, Charlie Major and CMAO Roots Artist nominee, Kelly Prescott, and was honoured to be in the CCMA 2016 house band, performing with Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Prescott Brown, Meghan Patrick and many others. 2017 brought many other exciting opportunities, including performing at the Canadian Forces Base in Wainwright, Alberta for the troops on Canada Day, at the American Tours Festival in France with Prescott Brown and Tristan Horncastle, and on the Canadian Pacific, Canada 150 Train, where Linsey performed across Canada alongside Juno and CCMA winner, Dean Brody, and Internationally acclaimed hoop dancer, Dallas Arcand. This past year, Linsey was also awarded the Barn Dance Heritage Award, presented by the CKNX Barn Dance Historical Society and Entertainment Museum, for her efforts in keeping the tradition of authentic country music alive.
Linsey is honoured to be a judge at the 68th Annual Canadian Open Fiddle Championships this August in Shelburne, ON.