Blue Fiddle plays original tunes in the Irish folk music tradition using a variety of instruments including fiddle, accordion, guitar, bodhran, banjo, mandolin. In addition to original music, Blue Fiddle has an awesome repertoire of Celtic favorites, encompassing blazing instrumentals, beautiful ballads, and crowd-favorite pub songs and sing alongs.
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Blue Fiddle is the long, rich history of American music incarnate. Drawing from Irish, bluegrass, folk, roots, jazz, and polka, their signature sound takes you on a journey—from a Civil War era campfire, to an Ozark mountain foot stomp; from an impromptu jamboree on a neighbor’s front porch, to a cozy, wood-paneled Dublin pub.
Formed in 2004, the Arkansas-based acoustic trio forges a new direction in Irish/American music. Multi-instrumentalists and award-winning songwriters, band members Joe Hamilton, Tom Ware and John Lindquist each bring a distinct musical style to the table, finding common ground in the Celtic rhythms of Ireland.
Influenced by the traditionalism of the Clancy Brothers and the Dubliners, and inspired by the drive and energy of Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, Blue Fiddle is fueled by the band members’ longtime friendship and powered by extraordinary musical talent.
“When we play together, I’m sitting in the best seat in the house—between two of the finest musicians I’ve ever heard.” -Joe Hamilton
Blue Fiddle’s 2010 self-titled CD features eight original and three traditional Irish songs. Weaving universal themes of love, loss, friendship, honor, anger, drunkenness and traveling the open road into its patchwork quilt of ballads, jigs, reels, pop and folk, the album’s tales are told through lyrical poetry, gritty narratives, and foot-tapping, heart-pounding instrumentals.
The band was named after Tom Ware’s 25-year-old Alvarez fiddle. “It’s always been my signature fiddle. It’s nothing special, but it’s special to me.” -Tom Ware
Individually, these fine musicians have toured with well-known artists around the country and around the world. Together, they have performed at fairs, international festivals, pub crawls, chautauquas, schools, and performing arts venues. As a member of the Arkansas Arts Council "Arts on Tour" roster of artists, Blue Fiddle’s Ozark roots run deep.
“Erin Go Hogs!” -John Lindquist
Joe Hamilton: lead vocals, guitar, six-string banjo, percussion
Joe has appeared with such artists as Bob Weir, Leon Russell and Buckwheat Zydeco. He has released three critically acclaimed CDs on the Hype Records label. His compositions have been honored by the Arkansas Songwriter's Association and Billboard Magazine, and he was the first-place winner in a national songwriting contest sponsored by Hastings Music.
Tom Ware: fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, guitar, vocals
Tom has toured the world with his band Grayghost, a renowned alternative-country group; and has toured the U.S. and Canada with the Australian folk group, Bluehouse. He has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Three Dog Night, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many more. As a solo artist, Ware has released two CDs, Arkansas Blue and Timewarp.
John Lindquist: accordion, banjo, vocals
Accomplished pianist, composer and musical arranger, Johnny "Squeeze" has played with an eclectic mix of artists, including saxophonist Tommy Newsom, Jeffrey Barnes of Brave Combo, the Barrio Band and his own jazz ensemble, the John Lindquist Trio. His compositions have been honored by the Arkansas Songwriter's Association and Billboard Magazine.
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