The Cats in the Kitchen are Marie Hélène Dion, Richard Morgan, Gord Fisch, and Julien Deprés.
They are a traditional celtic line up of guitar, fiddle, flute and bodhran. The diverse experiences of the members, though, give the group a unique feel to the mix.
Marie-Hélène's education in jazz brings a powerful violin sound laced with jazz influenced harmonies. Richard's background in dance brings a crisp, dynamic feel to the flutes, and when mixed with the powerful violin gives an almost orchestral feel when backing Gord's more traditional vocals. Julien's backing vocals perfectly complements Gord's, while his talent for percussion adds a drive that's guaranteed to get your feet tapping.
As an acoustic group the Cats in the Kitchen are suited to small concert rooms and large festival stages. The celtic nature of the material is idealy suited to celtic themed events such as Hogmanay(new years), Burns night, and WSt. Patrick's Day
The violin has been an important part of Marie-Hélène's life for more than 20 years. She participated in various competitions before studying for and obtaining a Baccalaureat in jazz violin.
During this time she developed an interest in world music, in particular traditional music from Eastern Europe. As a founding member of Jtadi, she has performed at various festivals including, Mémoire et Racines in Joliette, the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
More recently, Marie-Hélène has become more involved in celtic music. A music that has interested her from childhood.
Richard hails from England, where he grew up surrounded by traditional English dance and music. He started to play the recorder and tin whistle at an early age, and the flute and mandolin later. As a teenager he was involved with several dance groups, as dancer and musician, including the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England (Nyfte).
Before moving to Canada in 2001 he worked as a sound engineer in Cambridge, with a wide range of musicians and musical styles. During this period he also played with the scottish folk-rock band Hedgepig.
Richard is a regular at the sessions in Montreal and is currently involved with several groups as musician or sound engineer.
Julien became interested in traditional music whilst working at the Fort de l'Île Sainte-Hélène. He first played with ex-cat Marc-Antoine Berube in Lilie's Clover Band, and since 2004 has played with Corsaire as percussionist and vocalist .
In 2009, Corsaire supported La volée de castors at week-end du monde at Parc Jean Drapeau. In 2010, Corsaire provided the music for Reel & Macadam at the Rencontres internationales folkloriques de Fribourg in Switzerland
Known for his lovely tenor voice and flat-picking fiddle tunes on the guitar, Gordon loves playing celtic music.
Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Gord played bass in a High School band, toured with "The Little Red Hen Story Theatre", was Artistic Director of the "Regina Folk Festival" and Co-ordinator of the "Emma Lake Fiddle Camp". He released one album with the wild celtic band "Iron Brew".
Besides hanging with the Cats, Gord teaches guitar at the Siamsa School of Irish Music.