Papilio is a neo-traditional acoustic trio based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With fiddle, flutes, vocals and guitars, Papilio renders a mix of celtic and international instrumentals, original compositions, and folk songs with their own distinctive creative twist. Their musical adventures through Ireland, Scotland, Brittany (France), Scandinavia, Galicia and Asturias (Spain), Cape Breton, Quebec, the Balkans, and further afield show the inspiration and creativity that ensue when cultures connect. 

​The trio has performed at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Celtic Colours International Festival, the East Coast Music Awards, the Halifax Multicultural Festival, Nova Scotia Music Week, and in concert venues and dance halls across the Maritimes. Their second album, Sociable Butterflies, is now newly available.

​Papilio’s debut album, First Flight, engineered by Glenn Coolen and John D.S. Adams, was nominated for an East Coast Music Award and a Nova Scotia Music Award in 2014.

Anthony Rissesco, fiddle / vocals
Jennifer Publicover, Irish & modern flutes
Phil Schappert, guitars / bouzar

From East Coast Kitchen Party review of album First Flight:

Papilio’s “First Flight” has just been nominated for Traditional Roots Music Album of the year by Music Nova Scotia. First Flight was also nominated in the category of Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards. It is easy to understand why. Jennifer Publicover, Anthony Rissesco and Phil Schappert have recorded an exceptional performance with delicate treatment of each piece.
 - Michael Trenholme, East Coast Kitchen Party

These are great musicians making the music they love.

​- Jay Pilzer, Maritimes Music Newsletter

Photo: Steven Kennard

Papilio's second album 
Sociable Butterflies
is available for download at
and in CD format from our website.

Photo: Jeff Harper

Papilio troilus
​Photo: Phil Schappert
Imaginature Studio

Photo: Gordon Lafleur

Papilio polyxenes
Photo: Phil Schappert
Imaginature Studio

Photo: Steven Kennard

​​​​The Band

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 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, Merrimac, and Peggy Seeger.

Jennifer Publicover

leads a multi-faceted life performing 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. As a collaborator in traditional music forms, she also works with harpist Alys Howe and many other artists. In her alter ego as a classical flutist, she has freelanced for Symphony Nova Scotia, the Stadacona Band (including as a featured soloist with Scott Macmillan), and Rejouissance. She is also a published scholar on the use of music as an environmental education tool, based on interviews with prominent Canadian songwriters. She teaches flute and directs traditional and early music ensembles at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Phil Schappert 

Phil Schappert is a fingerstyle guitarist and composer. His new solo guitar recording of original contemporary acoustic compositions, One Size Does Not Fit All, was released August 2018. He holds a Summa Cum Laude PhD in Biology from York University; has written a number of scientific papers and articles, a newspaper column, a couple of books on plant-insect interactions and many “popular science” articles; is an accomplished nature photographer specializing in macro photography of insects; and does graphic design in his spare time. You can call him Dr. Phil but he also answers to “Hey! You!” Phil enjoys listening to many kinds of music, especially classic symphonic rock, but also enjoys listening and playing the traditional musics of Celtic & Nordic countries, particularly Brittany, celtic Spain and Sweden, as well as a lot of traditional and contemporary acoustic music. He plays guitars made by Irish luthier George Lowden, Nova Scotian luthier Russel Crosby (who also made Phil’s bouzar), and Canadian luthier Jean Larrivee along with those of a number of other luthiers.​​

Photo: Gordon Lafleur