At some point well before I turned 10 years old, my dad taught me my first fiddle tune, “Walking In The Parlor.” I think he got that one from Highwoods Stringband. It didn’t take much for me to fall in love with traditional Appalachian fiddle music. In addition to my dad, I was heavily influenced by modern players, including Dirk Powell, Bruce Molsky, Tim O’Brien, Rayna Gellert, Bruce Greene, Joseph Decosimo, Paul Brown, and Brad Leftwich. Listening to these players and many others led me to my own style and niche within the genre. I eventually found my way to the banjo, which I probably play more than my fiddle at this point.
If you ever find yourself in Los Angeles, let’s jam.
I can usually take on a few fiddle students, either by Skype or in-person (if you’re in the LA area). If you’re interested in learning how to play Appalachian old-time fiddle, please reach out!
Here’s some music:
- Eck Robertson’s “Lost Indian” as learned from Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains
- In July 2018, I was interviewed by Cameron DeWhitt for his old-time music podcast, Get Up In The Cool. The interview, which includes me playing a several of my favorite fiddle tunes with Cameron, can be found here.
- Say Old Man, Can I Have Your Daughter (w/ David Husic on guitar):
- Lonesome John (w/ David Husic on guitar):