“Colin Carrigan was born with a fiddle under his chin.” Such an illustrious claim could have been made, had the medical wisdom of the 1970s not deemed this procedure too risk-laden. Instead, Colin and his fiddle were acquainted in boyhood years—without medical supervision—under the tutelage of Newfoundland fiddle legend, Kelly Russell. Quick was his ascension into the rich Anglo/Irish musical tradition of his homeland, and his early apprenticeship saw him sharing the stage with the fabled likes of Emile Benoit and Rufus Guinchard. By first chin-scruff, Carrigan was forming bands and busking in the streets of downtown St. John’s, playing polkas and slides, jigs and reels, come-all-ye’s and whack-fol-lol-di-ra’s.
Colin has since conducted a long career of teaching, recording, performing and touring. His repertoire and style are a fusion of Newfoundland, Irish and Scottish music: one-hundred albums of which were ground smooth on turntables through his formative years. He is a luthier, teacher, and architect, and presently hosts several traditional sessions in his adopted home of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He remains a champion of the Good Tune.