I'm a fiddler and teacher. I've been teaching fiddle for the Irish Arts Center in New York City since 1999 and have introduced hundreds of new players to the instrument. I started playing the fiddle as an adult (at 30) which gives me insight to the needs of the adult beginner.
Since every student is different, I don't have a "one size fits all" approach, but use several methods. I like teaching by ear, but understand that some players find sheet music helpful, too, so my notation includes suggested bowing and ornamentation.
Originally from California, I've been an actor and musician most of my life. I played the piano and guitar, but when I took up the fiddle I got hooked. I've been influenced by the many great players who have taught me over the years - in lessons, workshops, camps, and sessions - especially Athena Tergis, Tom Chiu, Janette Duncan, Mardi Tuminaro, Pat Mangan, Dana Lyn, Brian Conway, Bruce Molsky, Alasdair Fraser, and Martin Hayes. There are many different styles of fiddling. I got my start with Scottish fiddling, but my main genre is Irish. I love the tunes and the lilt.
I play regularly in NYC sessions, especially the Dempsey's session at Sláinte, and the Mary O's Irish session in the East Village. I'm a member of the Irish Arts Center band and have played the fiddle in several stage plays. I also play for weddings and dances, often with The Sevens and Threes band. In December 2014, Jim Norman and I released Glad Tidings, an album of holiday and traditional tunes.