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Jeanne Freeman, Irish Fiddler - Apr 13, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:00am
Musical Exploration
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
David Schonfeld

(Make-up of event previously scheduled for February 9.)

Please join us as fiddler Jeanne Freeman presents a program on traditional Irish music. Jeanne founded the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, where she teaches fiddle and serves as the Director. She was a featured soloist with the Hartford Symphony, has appeared on Connecticut Public Television, and has performed at many venues, including the Greater Hartford Irish Festival. Jeanne will present a musical overview of traditional Irish music, interwoven with history and stories, offering insights into the unique role of music in Irish culture.

Jeanne Freeman


Fiddler Jeanne Freeman is the founder and Director of the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, where she teaches Irish fiddle to students of all ages. Classically trained in her early years, Jeanne’s first foray into traditional music was as a fiddler in Colonial Williamsburg, and she never looked back. She eventually studied Irish fiddling with the late Donegal fiddler P.V. O'Donnell, and played and performed with him regularly for many years. Since P.V.’s untimely passing in 2011, she assumed responsibility for hosting the weekly traditional Irish music session Wednesday evenings in Hartford. She is regularly joined there by other leading players from the region, and the session continues to thrive as an established presence for traditional Irish music in central CT.

Jeanne has performed as the Irish fiddle soloist for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Saint Patrick's Day Celebration at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, where she played to a capacity crowd. In 2013, she was also featured on Connecticut Public Television, in a program called “An Evening of Irish Music with Ringrose, Freeman & Friends” with singer Dan Ringrose (with whom she performs regularly as “Ringrose & Freeman”) and other musical friends and dancers. Other television and radio appearances include WFSB’s “Better Connecticut”, FoxCT Morning News, and WTIC Radio Mornings with Ray Dunaway. She has appeared as a soloist at the Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival, and has performed there often, as well as at many other festivals and venues large and small through the years. In 2015, she was honored to represent her hometown of Wethersfield as Town Marshall in the Greater Hartford Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. She has taught fiddle workshops in schools and also teaches privately and enjoys working with players of all ages.

Jeanne appears on a number of recordings, including her debut solo CD, "The Fiddler You Are," produced by 7-time All Ireland Champion John Whelan.