Wesley Hardisty is one to watch!
Wesley's fiddle playing is unique, emotional and compelling. Still in his teens, he has an impressive resume- including the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission national event in Inuvik and a performance for the Royal Couple Will and Kate. Wesley was featured on Aboriginal Peoples TV show Breaking New Beats as one of the cutting edge young Aboriginal talents in Canada.
He took up the fiddle four years ago in his hometown of Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories. Now living on Saltspring Island BC, he attends the prestigious Gulf Islands School for Performing Arts (GISPA). His extraordinary musical talent has taken him all over Canada.
His debut CD 12:12, released in May 2011 features Wallabee Indeed and Quinn Bachand. The music is diverse, from traditional fiddle tunes, high energy dance music, country ballad, world beat groove and fiddle funk. Wesley wrote or co-wrote five of the ten tracks. The CD is entitled 12:12, which is personal shorthand for life is good, appreciate and enjoy, make the most of life. The CD is climbing the National Aboriginal Music Countdown Top 40, currently at number 18.
Wesley’s proud to have performed at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. He performed daily with the NWT Cultural Delegation and he was selected to be part of Daniel Lapp’s All Star Fiddle Orchestra. An Olympic highlight was playing the Feb 14th BC Place Victory Ceremony for an audience of 25,000.
While his roots are in Northern, Métis and West Coast fiddle music, Wesley is always exploring and experimenting musically with new instruments and genres. He plays guitar, piano, bass, drums and sings.
Wesley is a natural musician who loves to perform and 12:12 is a very strong debut CD.
"Faded Love" from 12:12
"The Aftermath" from 12:12