Young Peterborough fiddler Irish Millie receives second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination

15-year-old Lakefield College School student nominated along with Ottawa-area sisters Fern and Willow Marwood as The Receivers

Fiddler Amelia "Irish Millie" Shadgett (left) and Fern and Willow Marwood have formed a trio called The Receivers and have been nominated for a 2023 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer(s) of the Year. (Photo via The Receivers / Facebook)
Fiddler Amelia "Irish Millie" Shadgett (left) and Fern and Willow Marwood have formed a trio called The Receivers and have been nominated for a 2023 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer(s) of the Year. (Photo via The Receivers / Facebook)

A 15-year-old Peterborough musician has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for the second year in a row.

Fiddler Amelia “Millie” Shadgett — who goes by the stage name Irish Millie — has been nominated for a 2023 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer(s) of the Year for the trio The Receivers that also includes Ottawa-area sisters Fern and Willow Marwood.

The Lakefield College School student — who performs regularly at The Black Horse Pub in downtown Peterborough — was nominated for a 2022 award in the same category for her debut 11-track album Thirteen that she recorded with her guitar-playing father and collaborator Murray Shadgett.

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It was while attending the 2022 CFMA ceremony in Charlottetown PEI last April that Millie had a chance meeting with the Marwood sisters, who had also been nominated as Young Performer(s) of the Year for the album The Porch Sessions by their trio The Broken Bridges, which also includes CMHA-nominated Celtic musician, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Greg Lindsey.

That chance meeting led to a collaboration between Millie, 15-year-old fiddler Willow, and 19-year-old Fern, who plays banjo in the trio but is also a fiddler. As The Receivers, the trio has already released the singles “London Fog” and “Neptune” on Spotify — mixed and mastered by Greg Pastic of LaunchPad Records, who also produced Thirteen — with a third single to be released on November 7 accompanied by a music video.

Nominations for the 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards were announced on October 4. The awards ceremony will take place March 30 to April 2, 2023, in Vancouver BC.

For more information about The Receivers, visit facebook.com/TheReceiversOntario.

VIDEO: “Neptune” by The Receivers