Jaime RT hails from the Kootenay’s where she began her performing career at 12-years-old with family band “The Huscroft Family Fiddlers”. She took her love of music and created a career after university with teaching, establishing the Salt Spring Fiddle Workshop that draws fiddle lovers from all over the globe to the founding of Fiddleworks, a teaching series of music books and CDs.
Performing with numerous players over the years such as Kettle of Fish, Song of the Isles and The Billy Goats Gruff, Jaime has honed her dynamic live performance and has established herself as one of the top fiddlers in the country. Summers find Jaime teaching and performing at fiddle camps across Canada and the US, sharing the stage with fiddlers such as Oliver Schroer, Pierre Schryer, Jerry Holland, Gordon Stobbe, Ian Fraser, & Catriona MacDonald. Sharing her talents in Canada’s arctic and northern communities with Andrea Hanson and Strings Across the Sky, an organization committed to restoring the historic fiddle legacy among youth, is another one of Jaime’s passions.
At home on Salt Spring Island Jaime can be found performing at community events and teaching fiddle, violin, piano, theory and composition in her unique straw bale music studio.
Reach is a rich combination of sounds, a merging of the classical with a folk soul that takes listeners on a journey of melodic pathways. Imaginative, joyous, and rich with stylistic mergings, this album establishes Jaime RT as an innovative artist willing to bring fiddle music to new palates. A contemporary folk album, Reach blends new and old music, celtic and Jazz, classic and Acadian to create a uniquely west-coast inspired world approach to the fiddle. Woven with the support of mandolin, guitar, accordion, bass, cello and tabla, Jaime’s violin and viola take us on a journey that keeps us wanting more. Reach brings a stellar line-up of some of the best talent in folk music today such as the prodigious, cutting-edge fiddle composer Oliver Schroer on violin, Canada’s top mandolin player John Reischman along with Juno-nominated musicians Glen Manders and Andrian Dolan of The Bills. Reach is a fresh new canvas that has allowed Jaime RT to create a picture of fiddle music that is both new and familiar, a sound that is “out-of-the-box” and ultimately captivating.