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Young Performers Showcase

Shimna Higgins

March 2011

Born in Auckland in 1998, parents Filipina & Irish, making her a "Kiwi-Phish" (as she describes herself)! Named after the Shimna River, which flows through her dad's hometown of Newcastle, County Down.

As a pre-schooler, she went along to Mum's piano lessons, and was heard picking out the melodies on the piano at home, so she soon got lessons of her own, from about age 5. Started Suzuki violin at 7. Two years ago she picked up a couple of tunes off a CD by Wellington group "Glor na mBan" and played them in a session at The Bog, Parnell, where Jono Lonie heard her and promptly offered lessons. He's been teaching her since July 2009, and she regularly plays at sessions in The Clare (Dominion Road, Mondays) and The Bog (Parnell, Sundays), and at The Rafters monthly folk club in Ponsonby.

She's been to the Auckland Folk Festival every year of her life but one, and this year discovered - and joined in - the after-concert sessions for the first time. Musical influences include Liz Caroll, whose recordings inspired her to want to play Irish Fiddle, and the many performers she's seen at the Folk Festival over the years, whose CDs are much played at home.

Other interests include ice skating, boogie-boarding, gymnastics and her rip-stick, Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, the Pirates of the Caribbean and the Japanese Animations by Studio Ghibli. She can also ride a unicycle, which ought to make for profitable busking once she learns how to combine it with fiddling.

Last Update: 2014-08-20