Jessica Wedden is a 16 year old fiddler, trick fiddler, step dancer, composer, 2016 & current 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee. Her upbeat Celtic, East Coast and Ottawa Valley style repertoire amazes all her audiences.
Jessica started with the Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra of Maberly. Jessica has since been developing and refining her own unique style from her private lessons with professional fiddle teacher, Cindy Thompson of Almonte, and very much draws from others such as Shane Cook, Scott Woods, Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster.
Jessica already has many impressive accomplishments including a 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, based on her first CD recorded at age 12, Toronto’s 2017 CNE Rising Star Talent Competition semifinalist and a 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition semifinalist for her original fiddle medley. Currently she is a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee.
Jessica has performed at Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada for the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, Toronto’s WinterFolk Festival and the Havelock Country Jamboree. She was a special guest of J.P. Cormier and special guest of Scott Woods. Another performance cherished by Jessica was opening for three time Juno Award winning fiddler Ashley MacIsaac at the 2017 Festival of Small Halls Ontario, where she received a standing ovation and he asked her to accompany him on stage for a couple of fiddle tunes.