Eh?! is the new collaborative fiddle-based trio of Emilyn Stam, James Stephens and Anne Lederman. Solidly rooted in traditional styles, Eh?! is dedicated to bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary Canadian folk music. Think of it as music with deep roots, soaring branches and birds leaving the nest, heading for distant horizons.
All three core members of Eh?! sing and play several instruments as well as fiddle: voices, piano, mandolin, guitar, feet, percussion and accordion. Since Eh?! is devoted to collaboration and improvisation, anything can happen at an Eh?! event.
Formed in 2009, Eh?! has performed at: The Mariposa Folk Festival (2011), The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival (2011), The Tribal Gallery, The Gladstone Artbar, The Saline Celtic Festival, The Flying Cloud Folk Club, The Weeds', Algoma Trad Music and Dance Camp, Legless Stocking, Goderich Suzuki School, The Dan Dance, Christmas at the Assembly Hall and many house concerts. Eh?!'s first self-titled CD was released in June 2011, and features guest performances from Andy Hillhouse (guitar) Joe Philips (bass) and Ben Grossman and Rob Graves (percussion).
is a young pianist and fiddler who worked closely with Oliver Schroer as a founding member of Twisted String. She is quickly being recognized as a brilliant improviser, composer and creative collaborator. In addition to Eh?!, she currently works with Beneath the Ice, The Lemon Bucket Orchestra and several other ensembles. She has collaborated with Pierre Schryer, Daniel Lapp, David Woodhead, Anne Lindsay, Bill Brennan, Casey Sokol, Soozi Schlanger and Jaron Freeman-Fox, among others. Emilyn also recently released her debut solo album, Holding Time, a beautiful collection of solo piano improvisations recorded in the summer of 2008.
James is known both for his work as a performer and as a producer/recording engineer. In performance, he plays a multitude of stringed instruments with an emphasis on fiddling. He has an abiding interest in various traditional styles, and also works extensively with singer-songwriters. He was the principal songwriter in critically acclaimed pop/roots band Fat Man Waving and has performed with many Ottawa area singer/songwriters such as Lynn Miles, Ian Tamblyn, Melwood Cutlery, and Terry Tufts. James is also a former member of Texas Swing group, The Black Donnellys, and neo-traditional Celtic group, Six Mile Bridge. Currently, he performs with The Brian Pickell Band, Finest Kind, Ecosse (Bobby Watt, Duncan Gillis and Rob Graves), renowned clawhammer banjo player Ken Perlman, and JIIG (James, Ian Robb, Ian Clark, Greg T. Brown) whose self-titled CD won a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005. James also teaches regularly at fiddle camps throughout Canada and the U.S.
Originally from Manitoba, Anne is an internationally-acclaimed fiddler, singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist strongly rooted in several musical traditions: Celtic, Métis and French-Canadian, Klezmer, Balkan and African music. Over her 30 year career, Anne has worked with such bands as Muddy York, The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Siyakha, and LOKA and such artists as Harry Hibbs, Margaret Christl, Don Freed, Holly Cole, Theresa Tova, Tom Leadbeater and Garnet Rogers, among others. She has her own band, Fiddlesong, and also performs with Njacko Backo and HAWP. She has recorded four CDs under her own name: Not a Mark in This World, 7 Cats, Come From Every Way and Fiddlesong. Anne also composes for theatre and her own play, Spirit of the Narrows, about the Metis fiddle tradition, was featured at the Blyth Theatre Festival in 2004 and 2005. Anne teaches traditional fiddle at the World Music Centre of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and internationally at camps and festivals.