Bobby Hicks was born in Newton, North Carolina, Hicks took up the fiddle after being
dropped as the mandolin player in his brother's band. Self-
On the road until 1975, Hicks finally chose to return to North Carolina, where he
developed a friendship with Ricky Skaggs and released the well-
In 1981, Hicks was drafted into the Ricky Skaggs Band, which evolved into Kentucky
Thunder over the years, with Hicks being the only original member left. While remaining
a member of the Skaggs recording and touring unit as of 1998, Hicks has continued
to play on sessions, as well as recording and releasing the star-
Buddy Spicher was born July 28, 1928 in DuBois, PA. He is the fiddler heard on all the great albums of the last 30 years and is one of the preeminent fiddle players of our time.
Buddy Spicher started out playing in Wheeling, WV. His big break came in the mid-
Spicher enjoyed a wide variety of music so he also played with such hybrid country-
Here are a few things he’s done in the music industry that most people don’t know: played the introduction on “Amarillo by Morning” by George Straight; “Love in Hot Afternoon” by Gene Watson; and, played all the beautiful fiddle background on Crystal Gayle’s recordings. All the great fiddle playing that’s been heard on recordings as far back as the early 1960s was Buddy Spicher. He has played on more records than any other fiddler.
Since the 1980s, Spicher has continued some session playing and has started passing
on his wisdom and experience to students, inspiring them perhaps the most with the
his favorite free-
He continues to live and play in Nashville, and was inducted into The National Fiddler Hall of Fame in 2010.
Calvin Vollrath is a musical prodigy. To date, he has composed just over 400 tunes, many of which have become standard contest and dance tunes across North America & Europe. His influence in the fiddle world is very evident. He has to his credit, over 50 of his own albums, numerous music books of his original tunes and an instructional DVD. Just recently, Calvin was commissioned to compose 5 fiddle tunes for the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 Opening Ceremonies to represent the various styles of fiddling our country has to offer. He also wrote the theme for the international fiddle convention "Fiddles of the World", held in Halifax NS in July 1999. When Calvin writes a tune for an individual, a place or an event, he has an uncanny sense of capturing their personality or expressing its atmosphere.
Mike Dowling digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar. From bottleneck
blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike’s musicality, depth, and mastery
of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars
alike. Armed with an engaging voice, self-
April Verch and her music are rooted in natural Canadian traditions -
A solo gig in 2000 was attended by Rounder Records' Ken Irwin, and a year later Verchuosity became her debut for the label. Rave reviews and comparisons to Alison Krauss and Béla Fleck followed, along with a JUNO award (the "Canadian Grammy") for Best Roots/Traditional Solo Album. Before she would return in 2003 with From Where I Stand, April appeared on her father's debut solo album, Ralph Verch's rootsy No Other Would Do. Her 2006 release, Take Me Back, found Appalachian music expert Dirk Powell in the producer's chair and contributing his fretless banjo playing to a couple tracks. (David Jeffries, Rovi)
Frank Ferrel began his fiddling at age 8, influenced first by his grandfather, a
traditional musician and native of Ohio and West Virginia. His father's family originally
came from the Longford area of Ireland via Maritime Canada. Frank rekindled his interest
in traditional fiddling under the influence of local Irish, French-
Over the years, Frank has won numerous fiddling competitions and toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, including two tours as guest artist with the internationally acclaimed Celtic ensemble, The Boys of the Lough.
In 1978, Frank helped to establish the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and served as the Director of that festival until 1986. During the 1980's he was a frequent performer on the nationally popular radio series, "A Prairie Home Companion," and is included on their compilation recording 'PHC Tourists.'
Frank currently lives in Boston where he can be found playing regularly for country dances and at local music sessions throughout New England. His music draws from the rich Celtic immigrant traditions found in North America, reflecting his own Irish heritage, and especially those traditions found in New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces.
Frank has made numerous recordings; his 1991 recording "Yankee Dreams" was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 25 recordings included in their, "Select List of American Folk Music on Record." It was also nominated for a NAIRD award for best traditional folk instrumental.
Brad Leftwich started playing banjo at age 15 and took up fiddle a couple of years
later. Since his grandfather and great-
For the next two decades, Brad continued to seek out and learn from musicians in the Appalachians as well as in his native Oklahoma, the Ozarks, and the Midwest. In 1979, he moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where he resides with his wife and musical companion, Linda Higginbotham. Over the years he has played with a variety of bands, including Plank Road, Leftwich & Higginbotham, the Humdingers, and Tom, Brad & Alice.
Today, Brad is one of the foremost old-