"Connor Civatte combines a knowledge of pipes, fiddle, and a variety of other instruments, to be an effective musical storyteller in the Scottish tradition."
-Dr. John Turner
Connor Civatte is a being touted as a modern-day Bard. He is known for recounting historical tales of treachery or heroism, then telling the story again on his fiddle. This is his story.
A Styrofoam violin was handed to Connor when he was merely 5 years old and he hasn't looked back since. He began learning, as most do, the classical Suzuki way, but was not stimulated enough. He then switched to fiddling, first learning with a mix of a Kevin Burke DVD, Google Images sheet music, and Youtube. In the (as of 2019) 15 years that followed, Connor has won more competitions (including the 2019 North American Championships) and awards than he has fingers and toes, and has become a musical tour de force.
There have been many musical influences on Connor's fiddling journey, including Celtic, Rock, Nordic. He also has more recently expanded into the realm of composition, and many of his Celtic and Viking compositions can be heard at his performances, along with the history that inspired them.
Connor has learned from several incredible musicians, including Dr. John Turner and Rachel Barton Pine, and is now in a direct teaching lineage that can be traced back to Niel Gow himself. Along with that, Connor has jammed out onstage with some of the hottest names in modern Celtic music, including Albannach, Rathkeltair, Marcille Wallis and Friends, and Cutthroat Shamrock. Currently, Connor is studying Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
When he's not playing music, Connor can be found reading history or fantasy books, listening to some nice and relaxing death metal, or being socially awkward somewhere.