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Alana Cline

Alana Cline is a Toronto based Celtic fiddler who combines Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create her own sound. She performs mostly in an instrumental Celtic fiddle & guitar duo with her father, Leigh Cline.

She first started playing at the age of 8 under the tutelage of Cape Breton fiddler Sandy MacIntyre. She has augmented her playing style with private lessons from Irish fiddlers Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, Tony DeMarco and Patrick Ourceau. Alana has also studied privately with All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Maeve Donnelly. Alana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Specialized Honours Music, Summa Cum Laude. In 2008 Alana became the first Canadian to be accepted to the auditioned Meitheal School of Irish Traditional Music in Limerick, Ireland with Paul O'Shaughnessy of Altan as one of her instructors. She has also studied fiddle at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts in St. Ann's, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Alana performs solo, as a duo with guitar accompaniment, or with her band whose personnel can be tailored for the specific event. Alana & Leigh have performed at corporate events, festivals, weddings, pubs, folk clubs and private parties. Some highlights have included the City of Toronto's Canada Day Celebrations at Mel Lastman Square and Yonge Dundas Square, Destination Halifax, Tourism Ireland, Northern Irish Connections/Invest Northern Ireland, The Taste of the Danforth, Music Niagara, Trenton Scottish Irish Festival, The Royal Winter Fair, The Granite Club, The Downtown Milton Street Festival, The Toronto Redpath Waterfront Festival, The Toronto Christmas Market, The Toronto Public Library and Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens. In addition, Alana hosted the weekly session at Toronto's An Sibn Pub for over three years.