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iFiddle June 2016

Michael Cleveland




It comes as no surprise that Michael Cleveland, ten-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music
Association’s Fiddler of the Year Award – the most awarded in that category, is considered one of the
premier bluegrass musicians of his generation. After picking up the fiddle at age 4, Michael’s musical
momentum began to propel him forward towards early success. He debuted at the Opry as a guest of
Alison Krauss and was hand picked for the IBMA Bluegrass Youth Allstars before he was 14. His
blistering prowess and technical fluency have since marked him as a sought-after guest, leading to
performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, The Mark Newton Band, J.D. Crowe and the New South,
Audie Blaylock and Redline, and Dale Ann Bradley in recent years. However, it wasn’t until 2006,
when Michael formed his band Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, that he found the right vehicle
for his musical vision. Since then, the band has earned numerous IBMA awards and nominations,
toured extensively throughout the US and internationally, and achieved the number one slot on Sirius
XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums chart for their second release Fired Up. Now, with the
release of On Down the Line,their third album and first for new label home Compass Records,
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper are poised to add fuel to the fire they’ve already sparked in the
bluegrass world.

Tom Morley

As an Irish fiddler, Tom has made multiple trips to Ireland to perform and research traditional Irish music (studying with and playing alongside legendary fiddlers including Manus McGuire, Maurice Lennon, Liz Carroll, Kevin Burke, Frankie Gavin, and Gerry O’Connor). He teaches privately and at fiddle workshops and has taught Irish fiddling at the O’Connor String Camp in Charleston, SCOR Adult String Camps in Atlanta, and for the Boston area annual 3-day workshop event known as the Fiddle Hell Gathering. In 2013 he took his adult fiddle group, the Irish Trad Explorers, on a tour across Ireland, where they performed in community centers, churches, and pubs, often alongside top Irish musicians. He is a regular contributor to iFiddle digital magazine and is the author of two well-received fiddle books: the tutorial Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle (reviewed in Fiddler magazine, Irish Music magazine and the American String Teachers Assoc. Journal) and Fiddle Club Favorites, a collection of fun tunes for beginning players.

Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry

Geoff has also been seen on ESPN as Buffalo Sabres “Fiddleman!”, and has also released two solo recordings as Fitzhugh and the Fanatics entitled “Blue Standards” (stripped down-revved up “jazz” standards, his recorded vocal debut), and the rockin’-zydeco tinged “Flavor” (on the HotWings Entertainment label).

Mike Spears
I'm the author, editor and publisher of iFiddle Magazine and the owner of the site, I'm a fiddler, a teacher and general all around good guy wanting to help out the vast fiddling community.