Christine & Janelle Melanson

Christine and Janelle are 19 and 15 years old respectively and they recorded their first album titled: S’envoler / Taking Flight which was launched October 24th, 2010. Special guests included Ray Leger and Stacey Read. It was a great afternoon of entertainment!

The two sisters, Christine and Janelle have been playing the fiddle since the age of four and they both accompany each other on the piano.

Both Christine and Janelle learned to step dance five years ago to add a routine to their fiddling performance when they went to Cherbourg, France just 4 months later. They have also performed in Massachusetts, USA. In Ottawa, they have played at the Canada Day festivities, but more recently, in 2011, they were invited as Junior Showcase performers at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition. Last year, they were invited to represent their province of New Brunswick and compete in this prestigious competition. They have been invited to return as competitors again this year; however, the championships will be held in Saskatoon, Sask.

In Moncton, NB, they have played at high profile events such as for the Toronto Argonauts, Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Calgary Stampeders, CFL officials and the teams’ cheerleading squads; at the IAAF World Junior Championships’ opening ceremonies, to name a few. Christine played for the queen of England who visited Moncton in October, 2002, and recently played for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during their visit to Saint John, NB, May 2012.

Christine and Janelle enjoy playing on the same fiddle as well as step dancing while fiddling.

Christine, the oldest, was inspired by her grandfather, a fiddle player himself. When she was 3 years old, every time she would visit him, she would ask him if they could play the fiddle. The instrument being way too big for her size, her grandfather would hold the fiddle and manipulate the finger part while Christine would take charge of the bow.

When Christine turned four, her parents enrolled her in fiddling classes. At this time, her sister Janelle was only 2 months old; therefore, hearing fiddle tunes all her life. She was later enrolled at the age of four, following in her big sister’s footsteps.

Because of their grandfather’s inspiration and his love for fiddling, the girls insisted that he record a track on the album with them, which he did… “with a bit of coaxing of course,” laugh the girls. He is featured on the last track of the album. This has a lot of meaning for the family.