Anne Lederman



Photos: Will Henry





Pearl Company, Hamilton Ontario
Opening Nov. 19, 2015

SHOWS: Nov. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 - 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 22: Sunday Matinee - 2:00 p.m.

"SPIRIT OF THE NARROWS" is the story of a journey--from present to past, from one state of mind to another, and from one culture to another while these cultures, Native and Euro-Canadian, permeate and intertwine on the Canadian prairies. Through one woman's eyes, it is the story of a music and of the people who created it, and who, against all odds, continue to play it. The music is like no other, embodying aspects of Ojibwa, Cree, Scottish, French, English, American and eastern European traditions, a uniquely Canadian music played on a small box with four strings. In the mid-80's, Anne went to Ebb and Flow and Silver Ridge, to Camperville and Pine Creek, all Aboriginal communities in Manitoba to record First Nations and Métis fiddlers. While making those historic recordings, she entered a world very different from her own. Spirit of the Narrows is alive with humour, insight and respect. It is both a personal journey, and a tribute to the people and the music she came to know.

Spirit of the Narrows began as a solo storytelling/fiddling performance, but was re-written in 2004 as a two-person theatrical event for the Blyth Theatre Festival. It premiered at the Festival on July 20, and got such rave reviews over its initial 5-day run that it was brought back in 2005 for another successful run. We are pleased to be presenting it in Hamilon for the first time in the Fall of 2015.

Capucine Onn - Young Anne
Anne Lederman - As herself, and a host of other fiddlers

Bookings/Inquiries:, 416- 538 - 9036


Created, written, and performed by Anne Lederman

The show can be performed in any quiet space with a chair and a wooden floor. Anne has done it from Wells B.C. to Aberdeen, Scotland, in homes, Church basements, classrooms, folk clubs and theatres.

"It is a wonder how she makes it real
Validates the story with music somehow old as culture
There is a whirling magic set in motion
Which spins between her fingers on the fiddle neck
Her dancing feet below the chair
And the flying bow upon the strings.
This central performance of story is a rapport
Which draws the spirit of those who watch, listen,
And experience the moment in its magic.*" *Barry Milliken (written while watching a solo perfromance of the show at York University).

Anne Lederman - As herself, and a host of other characters.

Anne's BIO

Bookings/Inquiries:, 416- 538 - 9036