Ed Pearlman performs on the fiddle, and his son, Neil Pearlman, backs him up with his innovative piano accompaniment.
Ed will describe how and why he moved from violin to fiddle and will play a medley of tunes demonstrating some of the depth, spirit, and variety of fiddle music from several cultures.
Ed learned violin from members of the Chicago and Boston Symphonies, but has focused on the amazing musical and cultural world of “fiddle music” for more than 40 years, performing throughout the US, Canada and Scotland in venues large and small, playing at concerts, festivals and dances. He has taught countless students in private lessons and workshops.
He founded and directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, the Hatch Shell Celtic Festival, directed Ashokan’s Celtic Week, and a large contradance band. His innovative website offers learning resources as well as live online workshops taught by Ed and world-class guest fiddlers.
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.