Artist Bio

Saskia Tomkins

Saskia Tomkins

Saskia Tomkins is a master musician of Violin/Fiddle Viola, Cello and Nyckelharpa, from Kent. She is classically trained with a folk background and an Honours B.A. in Music (Jazz), as well as a winner of an All Britain Champion Irish Fiddler.

Over the years, Saskia has worked with many musicians, including:  Jimmy Bowskill, The Chieftains, Tim Edey, Tim Garland, “Jabbour”, Robb Johnson, Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Ron Korb, Crispian Mills (Kula Shaker), Donald Quan (Relic Hunter), “Sin E”, “Uriah Heep”, “Al-pha-X” and Astrid Young, her husband Steáfán Hannigan and son Oisín Hannigan, and a plethora of other amazing musicians, actors and dancers!

Her theatre work includes: Originating the “Celtic-ifying” of the Broadway hit Come From Away; The English Shakespeare Company and Michael Bogdanov; 4th Line Theatre Ontario, and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London UK.

Saskia’s current personal projects include Steáfán & Saskia with Steáfán Hannigan, the instrumental jazz/roots duo 2ish, with Brandon Scott Besharah; the Celtic crossover group Cáirdeas and the jazz trio, Marsala and the Imports, and she is currently principle 2nd violin for Quinte Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being in regular demand to run workshops at many music festivals, Saskia also runs a successful teaching studio based in her home near Cobourg, Ontario.