Biography

I was born and raised in mid-coast Maine, and began playing the fiddle in a fifth-grade school strings program. I had early lessons with Tamora Goltz, and later with Katie Newell as part of the Oyster Creek Fiddlers. I attended Maine Fiddle Camp for several of its early sessions (and the Maine Country Dance and Fiddle Workshop in Hallowell during the winter). Here I learned tunes and drew inspiration from Maine fiddlers such as Greg Boardman, Ellen Gawler, Don Roy, Carter Newell, Steve Muise, Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, John Pranio, and many others. I played for local dances throughout childhood and high school. As a student at Williams College, I played fiddle with the student contra dance band Rude Cider.

I grew up on a mix of Irish, Scottish, and traditional Downeast Maine/Maritime music. I focused more on Irish music in college and spent a semester at University College Cork, where I had lessons with the prominent Sliabh Luachra fiddler Connie O’Connell and played in the local session scene. I got a taste for polkas and slides, and my subsequent travels to Ireland have centered around the Cork and Kerry region where such tunes abound.

Since returning to Maine after college, I co-founded The Press Gang with Chris “Junior” Stevens and Owen Marshall. Also with Owen, I started the dance band Riptide with Glen Loper. These two projects continue to occupy much of my time and have several recordings between them. I also play frequently with one-off projects at Irish Night At Blue, an event that has become the centerpiece of my social and musical life.


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