Ed Pearlman has specialized in performing and teaching fiddle music since the 1980s, focusing especially on Scottish and Cape Breton styles, but also playing a variety of others, including American contradance music, Irish, bluegrass, jazz, Hungarian, Quebecois, and klezmer. He likes to teach ergonomic playing, quality sound, spirit and musicality.
Ed’s early training was with Perry Crafton (Chicago Symphony), Daniel Stepner (Boston Museum Trio), and Roger Shermont (Boston Symphony); one high point was playing in the Yale Symphony’s European premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
Ed founded and directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, the Hatch Shell Celtic Festival, directed Ashokan’s Celtic Week, and a large contra dance band. He has taught students privately, in workshops, and at music camps throughout the US and in Scotland. His innovative website offers learning resources as well as live online workshops taught by Ed and world-class guest fiddlers.
Working often with members of his family band, Highland Soles, Ed has toured the U.S., Canada, and Scotland, playing concerts and dances, as well as sponsoring seasonal ceilidhs with his wife, dancer Laura Scott, in Portland. He has 3 solo CDs.
Ed has served as a judge for the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championships many times, has written the music column for Scottish Life magazine for over 20 years, and writes a column for Fiddler magazine. Each summer, Ed co-leads music and walking tours of Scotland.