Strongly influenced by the playing of her grandfather, Clarence Long, Baddeck native Rachel Davis has been a student of the fiddle since she was twelve. She fondly recalls sitting in a corner of her grandfather’s barber shop, squeaking away at tunes under his careful guidance. Those first efforts lead to more teachers (including Karen Beaton, Kyle MacNeil and Stan Chapman) and great progress, as she has developed into a dynamic player with great timing and a great lift to her music. Along with her solo work, Rachel is also in demand to share the stage with people such as singer-songwriters Buddy MacDonald, Carmel Mikol and Donnie Campbell, and has made guest appearances with groups such as The Cottars. Her latest collaboration is with the new Cape Breton powerhouse ensemble Còig, who released their debut album in 2014.