New England duo Audrey Budington and Clayton Clemetson perform spirited yet heartfelt genre-defying original compositions on fiddle and piano. Whether contemplative melodies that conjure up images, spunky innovations that inspire groove, or a slick lick adroitly mastered, a current of idealism and sincerity permeates their music. Audrey and Clayton’s passion for traditional New England, Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish dance music, sprinkled with their flair, is astutely expressed in their rousing performance.
Audrey and Clayton have performed at Ossipee Valley Music Festival in ME, Boston Celtic Music Festival, Ooh La La Dance Festival in Quebec, on the Amphitheater Stage at Common Ground Country Fair in ME, at Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates in Cambridge, Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH and more. They were awarded scholarships to NEFFA’s Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend in Durham, NH. This fiddle/piano duo has played at fairs, contra dances, restaurants, weddings, markets, house parties and homes for the aged throughout New England. Audrey and Clayton have appeared on Maine’s WERU and in 2014 released their first joint CD, The Cat Has No Time for You, which is comprised entirely of their original, uplifting tunes. The title track of their CD was used in the documentary “2015 Concord,” which sold out at multiple showings. The documentary was buried in a time capsule to be reopened in 2065.
Winner of fiddle contests and recipient of Berklee College of Music’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship (full tuition, room and board for all four years), Audrey Budington has played violin since she was four. Classically trained, her true love is fiddle, jazz and funk. She also plays piano and sings and is known for her creative compositions on fiddle and piano. In October 2014 Audrey was selected by Grammy award-winning arranger and record producer Rob Lewis to play in a house band for the new TV show pilot presentation “Legendary.” She has opened for Black Violin, provided original live music for ballets, performed for two NH Governors, played for the NH Council on the Arts, represented the State of NH at The Big E in West Springfield, MA, entertained on The Gundalow in Portsmouth, NH, and at fairs. In reference to Audrey then age 13, Natalie MacMaster said, “She is very talented, and she has her own sound already. That’s not something many musicians have at her age.” Audrey has a magnetic and endearing stage presence.
Pianist and composer Clayton Clemetson studied classical piano and quickly found that his interests lay in composing and improvising rather than playing other people’s music. He discovered a love for accompaniment at Maine Fiddle Camp where he studied with Cape Breton Pianist Neal Pearlman and has graduated to becoming one of the teachers of the piano class. He has led a dedicated and passionate pursuit of music from singing in world music choirs and playing for contras and English country dances to composing music for orchestras and scoring films. Clayton has produced two new age piano solo albums, From the Treetops and Barefoot in the Snow and he has toured twice as part of a trio with world-class fiddler Mari Black, including a ten-day tour of the West Coast.