Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Deanna has been playing fiddle for approximately 30 years and is trained in Ottawa Valley Step dance. She competed in fiddle and step dance in the Ontario Contest Circuit for many years, retiring in 2000. She recently has begun competing again in her home of Alberta, most recently placing 2nd in the Championship Class at the Métis Spring Competition in St. Albert in May 2016.
Performance and instruction has been the focus for Deanna along with the recent return to competition. For the last decade Deanna has performed with the Newfoundland based band “Celtic Powerhouse” on fiddle, step dance, keys, and back up vocals. Celtic Powerhouse released their debut album “Bound to Raise a Little Dust” in 2009. Prior to this Deanna released her own independent album in 2002. She has been a guest performer and has appeared on recordings various other artists and groups including Randy Carville, Claidhmor, Fraser MacDuff, and world music band Barakah.
Deanna began her dance career as a Clogger, dancing with the Step In Time Cloggers with Darryl Linnington. She was trained by Michelle Lubiniecki and Judy Waymouth in Ottawa Valley Stepdance and prepped for competition in individual and group categories.
Deanna studied with fiddle teachers Michelle (Lubiniecki) Charlton and Victor Pasowisty, and is also classically trained studying with Witold Swoboda. She also attended the Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music in Inverness, Cape Breton.
Deanna can be found playing fiddle and step dancing at venues across Canada. She plays a variety of styles with Irish, Scottish, French Canadian, and Old Time Influences in her playing.