Andrea Bettger has experience playing classical, jazz and bluegrass styles, and experiments in the electric world of sounds on her instrument.
She has become heavily involved in the Northern-fiddling scene. She has performed and recorded with countless artists including The Rheostatics and the Jerry Cans, and has opened the stage for Jimmy Rankin and Buffy St. Marie.
Her musical efforts won her the honour of “Citizen of the Year” in 2007, and she represented the North as a fiddler at “NorthernScene” at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2013. Andrea attended the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2016, and toured as the fiddler for the Jerry Cans in the summer of 2017. She performed at Yellowknife’s Folk on the Rocks in the summer of 2018, and the release of her first all original album got her a nomination for Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in November of 2018. Her band performed at the CFMA Awards Ceremony. In summer 2020, Andrea released her second album Bush Chords in a socially distanced concert with the stage being on a houseboat, floating on Great Slave Lake and the audience attending in canoes! Andrea’s newest single, Yellow Snow, received a 2021 Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination for Single of the Year and her video Thin Ice, shot on a frozen Great Slave Lake, was recently awarded the 2022 Music Video Award from Music NWT.
Andrea’s diverse musical background has led her to write music that is influenced by Northern Metis fiddling, and jazz, gypsy, and classical violin styles. The fusion of these approaches results in an exciting blend of toe-tapping material, complemented with meditative and heart-warming melodies.