I was inspired to record this CD because I was performing quite often at the Lougheed Pub in Harvey, NB, Canada. I was performing mostly Celtic music and the audience kept requesting Old Time classics. Due to this, I decided to learn a lot of this music. Most of the music from this CD are pieces that I learned for the audience at the Lougheed. Some of the fiddle tunes are pieces that I introduced to them.
Here is what other people are saying about my music:
“ The CD (By Request) gives the listener a great mix of old-time traditional fiddle music from fast toe-tapping tunes to slow waltz selections.” – Brenda MacMinn, Daily Gleaner and This Week
"...There are people who play music, and there are people who live music. Katherine Moller fits into the latter category. Whether playing solo, with her group Different Folk or teaching her many students, Katherine always displays a passion for music which carries through in her performance..." - Mark Robert, East Coast Music Show, 106.9 Capital FM
“Katherine Moller seems incredibly comfortable as an artist, switching between styles with ease and sharing her considerable talents.” – Adam Bowie, Daily Gleaner
ECMA and three time Music NB Awards nominee Katherine Moller is one of New Brunswick’s most versatile musicians. Whether she is playing classic fiddle tunes in a crowded pub or the music of Bach on a concert stage, her love and respect for the instrument and its wide-spread appeal have brought her considerable acclaim as one of the province’s true fiddle ambassadors.
Her upbringing as a young classical musician was challenged early on, when she first heard Cape Breton fiddle sensations Natalie McMaster and Ashley MacIsaac performing one summer at a Nova Scotia festival. The experience turned her understanding of the instrument upside-down and presented an entirely new world of possibilities to this young musician.
A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Katherine studied music theory and classical music before receiving a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study fiddle in Ireland in pursuit of a greater understanding of Celtic fiddle styles.
Since that time, Katherine has forged a career for herself based entirely around four strings and a bow. As an active member of the local music community, Katherine has founded several outlets for her musical pursuits. Her teaching academy, Moller Music, provides group and private instruction for all-ages including a number of in-school programs catering to students at the middle and high school levels. The York Early Music Ensemble is a string ensemble formed of high-level amateur musicians that performs music from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, and the NB Fiddle Camp provides annual summer instruction with guest instructors from around the Maritime provinces. Katherine is also co-founder of the Fredericton Early Music Festival and Early Music Fredericton.
She also finds time to perform regularly with Symphony NB, the Atlantic Sinfonia, Seasons Baroque Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, Different Folk, and as a solo performer. And with three recordings of her own, Take The Happy Road (2007) and By Request (2010), Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Haired (2011), Katherine is without a doubt one of New Brunswick’s most highly regarded representatives of the fiddle and its extensive versatility.
Katherine currently resides in Harvey, New Brunswick, near the birthplace of Canadian fiddle legend Don Messer.