Anthony Rissesco: fiddle, vocals
Jennifer Publicover: Irish and modern flutes, bodhran
Phil Schappert: guitars, bouzar
Papilio is a neo-traditional acoustic trio based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Join them on a musical tour through the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany (France), Spain, Cape Breton, Quebec, Scandinavia, the Balkans, and uncharted lands beyond. With fiddle, flutes, vocals and guitar, Papilio renders a mix of international instrumentals, original compositions, and folk songs with their own distinctive creative twist.
Papilio's debut album, "First Flight", engineered by Glenn Coolen and John D.S. Adams, was nominated for a 2014 East Coast Music Award and a Music Nova Scotia Award. The trio has performed at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Celtic Colours International Festival, the East Coast Music Awards, the Halifax Multicultural Festival, and at concert venues across the Maritimes. They are currently working on a second album.
Anthony Rissesco is a versatile violin player and teacher who tours regularly with singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant and with roots-rock band Pogey. He is also a member of the Halifax band The Gig Dogs. As a music student at Dalhousie University, Anthony studied classical violin under Phillippe Djokic. He has won fiddle competitions throughout Canada, including the Maritime Fiddle Championship. In 1990, he came third in the prestigious Canadian Open in Shelburne Ontario, and he was chosen to represent Nova Scotia at the Grand Masters Competition in Ottawa for six consecutive years. Anthony has played with Symphony Nova Scotia, Bruce Guthro, Cyril MacPhee, Anne Murray, and Peggy Seeger.
Jennifer Publicover leads a double life as an active freelancer on both the modern orchestral flute and wooden Irish flute. She earned her Master's degree in flute performance at the University of Toronto, and her B.Mus at Mount Allison. She also works with harpist Alys Howe and is in demand as a celtic flutist for ceilis and contra dances, and as a soloist in collaboration with Scott Macmillan and the Stadacona Band. In her alter ego as a classical flutist, she has performed as an alternate player for Symphony Nova Scotia, the Stadacona Band, and the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra. She is also writing a thesis as a part-time masters' student on the use of music as an environmental education tool.
Phil Schappert, or Dr. Phil, as his students know him, is also a PhD entomologist/botanist who has written books about plant/insect interactions (FYI, Papilio is a genus of swallowtail butterflies, represented in Nova Scotia by Papilio canadensis, the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail). Introduced to Irish and Scottish traditional music by Don Ross (and Joel Shore, his fiddle-playing PhD supervisor), Phil has developed a particular fondness for the music of Brittany, celtic Spain and Scandinavia. He plays fingerstyle guitar, and plays instruments made by Nova Scotia luthier Russel Crosby. Phil has been a member of the neo-Celtic ensemble Fancy's Flight, and has played in neo-celtic/jazz/folk/trad bands in Toronto and Austin, Texas.