I have been playing the violin for nearly 30 years, and growing up in a folk music family, I have played folk fiddle in the English, Irish and Scottish styles for nearly as long. I am a well known player on the Irish session scene in London, Bristol and Bath, and have spent time playing in Scotland, around Ireland and further afield. I have played with a number of Ceilidh bands, including in Bristol and Bath.
I am a classically trained violinist, but I now specialise in playing and teaching folk fiddle. I mainly teach from my home in Bristol (BS4), but can also travel throughout Bristol and Bath (an additional charge may be made depending on distance). I am also available to give online teaching via skype or zoom if you are based elsewhere.
Whether you are a complete beginner, or already an advanced player, I can help you improve your technique, teach you about the subtleties of phrasing and ornamentation in fiddle playing in different traditions, and build your repertoire of tunes. I can teach orally – learning tunes by ear – but can also teach you to read music if you wish.
You can find more information about my fiddle lessons at Learn to Play the Fiddle.
Please contact me if you would be interested in lessons.
COVID-19 update: I am still teaching, and have a covered outdoor area in my garden where I can give lessons outside with social distancing.