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.
I have recently built each of my students an individual online workspace where I can share online learning resources with them including audio and video recordings, sheet music, and learning notes. This allows my students to keep track of what they have been learning with me, and return to tunes and techniques we have learned in the past. As far as I know, this is a unique resources for traditional fiddle students.
You can find more information about my fiddle lessons at Learn to Play the Fiddle.
I will also be uploading more free video tutorials to my Youtube page, so do take a look at them as well.
Please contact me if you would be interested in lessons.