Fiddler / Violinist
If music is the language of the soul, Ellen Daly uses her musical talent to speak directly to her audiences. As an artist, Ellen has earned a reputation as a gifted musician and skillful performer. From live gigs to studio sessions and musical scores for live theatre, Ellen continues to impress listeners everywhere with her unique and enjoyable musical style and her ability to bring her distinct sound to all genres of music. Explore the site and check out some of her music below.
Ellen Daly is an acclaimed, versatile, professional, Ottawa-based fiddler. She has performed with numerous Folk, Country, Rock, Cover, Electronic/DJ, Bluegrass, Classical, Jazz and Fiddle groups. Most recently, Ellen spent seven months playing at Raglan Road Irish Pub at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World. She performed there six nights a week in Celtic and cover bands. She has also sat in with many bands while visiting Nashville, TN at venues such as Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Rippy's, and The Blue Bar.
In addition to her years of performing, Ellen is an active violin instructor and recording artist, having recorded countless genres, and she has also composed her own tunes/pieces. Some of these compositions have been featured in her performances, and she wrote and performed the score in her high school's rendition of the play Unity (1918), for which she received the Cappie award for Creativity/Musicianship. Ellen was also in the pit band for the 2015 production of Brian Doyle's Up To Low and got to assist with some of the scoring of the play with Canadian folk music singer-songwriter Ian Tamblyn. This play was picked up by the Canadian National Arts Centre and was put on once again at the NAC in May, 2018.
Ellen has traveled and participated in numerous fiddle competitions in Canada, the US and Ireland, and has won prestigious trophies. She was the Canadian Open Old Time Junior Fiddle Champion in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2010, she is a five-time Vankleek Hill Fiddle Champion, and she was the Under 16 Eastern North American Irish Fiddle Champion in 2008.