Dave Rainwater is a fiddling entertainer (and mandolinist) and is available for any occasion presenting a toe tappin' comedy show 'Catgut Stings & Rattlesnake Tales' (or 'Romancing the Fiddle') with humor, storytelling and fiddle classics. He has over 35 years experience as a strolling violinist, bluegrass and old time musician and presents a unique VIOLIN 'Petting Zoo' for both young and old. He also has been providing educational shows to libraries and grade schools since 1995 throughout California, demonstrating folk instruments (fiddle/violin, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, auto-harp, Appalachian dulcimer and banjolin.
What a treat it was to have Dave at our St. Patty's Day event! He totally rocked the theme of the party and even played some Celtic music. As a performer he gets an A+. He's really great at reading the crowd and filling in the gaps with music or a little story-telling. Our event had both kids and adults so he was able to please both crowds. His instruments are truly unique and so is his style. Would recommend him for your event if you are looking for something unique and rich in entertainment!
David was amazing with our guests! We hired him as a strolling fiddler for our Victorian Holiday Magical Moment. David walked around and played music to all of our customers. He would stop and play to individual families and kids. It was sweet watching the kids dance around and listen intently to the music. I would recommend him to anyone who needs an outstanding fiddler player with great people skills! Oh and he played the Mandolin too, what an amazing guy!
Mr. Rainwater was just amazing. His music was beautiful, both with the violin and mandolin. He walked the room and engaged the crowd. He took requests and entertained without being too intrusive. David is kind, genuine, and very professional. We will be calling him for future events and I recommend him to anyone looking for a musician/performer.
Dave was a great gentleman and easy to work with. He mingled with our guests and played great any tunes that were requested of him. We thoroughly enjoyed having him at our event!!
Dave was one of the best parts of our wedding, he played beautifully and really added a wonderful element to our evening. The guests loved his narrating classic tunes like the devil went down to Georgia and he even stayed a little longer to play our first dance tune which was so much better than what we’d planned. We can’t thank Dave enough!!!
We had David on board to play at our wedding reception this past weekend, a long journey from California to Wallowa County in Oregon. We were delighted to have him! David also played at our wedding ceremony, something we had not originally planned on, but decided on doing once he suggested attending and playing there also. We are so glad he made that suggestion! He played a beautiful tune there, and I so wish I had a recording of that moment! We didn't have any space for dancing at our reception venue (on purpose, really) and it was a lot of fun to see David entertaining our guests through the night by strolling about and engaging with them. I appreciated his gentle, patient demeanor even through the chaos just prior to the reception going 'live'. He took care of himself and got a feel for the event at different stages. He played the violin and his exceedingly beautiful mandolin, educating guests on the history of the music and instruments. I would heartily recommend him to anyone in need of a fiddler! Thank you David Rainwater for the unforgettable memories.
I hired Romancing the Fiddle to play for my father, who is ill and recovering in a nursing facility. My father has a love for the violin and this was a special treat to lift his spirits. Romancing the Fiddle was very accommodating, he got back to me immediately and contacted me for more information. He not only brought three instruments (violin, viola & mandolin), but he also sang, which my parents loved. He went above and beyond to make it a special experience for my father.
He played beautiful while mingling with the guest.
The Folsom Historic District Association could not have picked a better strolling musician for our special event. We highly recommend him to anyone looking for an entertaining and wonderful musician and person to make their event shine!
Look no further if you want to bring a piece of lively folk Americana to your event. Dave Rainwater sure did romance his fiddle while he teamed up with John Massey, another award-winning musician. John is a folk acoustic, guitar player who has the pickin’ talent that easily rivals the great Chet Atkins. The two have a repertoire that will engage every party attendee, and they did! The yesteryear music is filled with fun showmanship, professionalism, and an enthusiasm to complete you party atmosphere for any generation. Dave Rainwater is a master fiddler. Absolutely believe all the glowing reviews and articles you read about him. He plays everything from down-home bluegrass to Western folk, to country, and MORE! Wait ‘til you hear him! He’ll unpack some memories for sure-- maybe a song that is reminiscent of your great-grandfather's whistling-while-he-works self entertainment, or that six-year-old's wide-eyed excitement when she hears a song that she just learned in music class. This duo was everything we'd hoped.
Initially we hired Dave. He was the one who suggested adding John. This speaks directly to the unpretentious graciousness of Dave and his willingness to meet our vision. He did all the organizing. Brought all the equipment necessary--including a range of instruments. I can't say thank you enough for his sweet demeanor, enormous talent, and his willingness to perform for a smaller group despite his big name draw.
Dave and John were more than an addition to our event. Those strings are what roped us in and created the unmistakably unique atmosphere that marked this party as one that all of our guests will remember forever. There wasn't a guest in the room (including our caterer) who didn't want to get his card.
We can't recommend them enough!
He was on time, friendly, happy and really enjoys playing and telling stories. He fit in perfectly at the venue. He played several instruments, and played them very well. We loved it - he was great!
Dave Rainwater has been playing our Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival for the last 7 years and always delivers a fun, professional performance. His repertoire of thousands of songs and his wonderful way with the public make him a welcome and valuable part of our event.
The Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras has had the great pleasure of having Dave Rainwater as one of our strolling entertainers during our festival for the past 6 years. He provides professionalism and great entertainment at a reasonable cost and is a huge hit with our festival goers.
We have hired Dave for many years as a strolling musician on the excursion trains at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. He has developed quite a following over the years, as can be evidenced by his many accidental appearances in the youtube videos posted by park visitors. Dave is personable, responsive, and truly connects with people through his music. He takes pride in his craft and it shows.
I have also seen him perform in his one-man show, and as a member of another well-known musical group, and have always been impressed with his versatility. He is a skilled and inspiring musician-- love seeing him perform!
Dave Rainwater is an exceptional musician and entertainer. He sold out the house and was called back 3 times with standing ovations. With his stories and his fiddles, mandolin, viola, and guitar he leads his audience on a journey to the roots of American music. Dave Rainwater is a National Treasure. His music is fantastic and his stories are marvelous. Do not miss this show!
Response from Romancing The Fiddle:
Wow! Thanks Larry. The success of this show at your fine theater validates my desire share it wherever and whenever I can. Please extend my thanks to all the staff at Stage Three for affording me the opportunity to perform it there.
Price Range: $200 and up
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Good ole' American fiddle classics, stories, American folklore, historical anecdotes and down home humor. His love for the fiddle/violin led him to purchase 25 violins and present his 'Violin Petting Zoo'. Folks young and old are welcome to pick up violin and be introduced to this fascinating instrument with Dave providing introductory instruction. He has been known to inspire many a person to take up fiddling!
Dave Rainwater is a seasoned fiddling entertainer working table side or strolling at craft fairs or at any special occasion. He also presents an original one man show a delightful mixture of comedy, American folklore, storytelling and music. 'Romancing the Fiddle' was launched in 2009. After two sold out theater performances in Sonora and three standing ovations at each, it's a guarantee audiences will love 'Catgut Strings and Rattlesnake Tales' (for the more hillbillyish crowd) or 'Romancing the Fiddle' (for the more genteel set). Dave is a widely known fiddling entertainer, performing in large part from America's own traditional repertoire with a mix of classical, jazz, blues, country and bluegrass favorites. His shows are always full of history, comedy and musical pieces Americans remember and love. Dave also has presented his original show 'Musical Treasures From the Gold Rush Era & America's Frontier Days' to schools and libraries since 1998. A champion and award winning fiddler, he is a touring member of the world famous New Christy Minstrels and has also performed with The Black Irish Band, Michael Martin Murphy and many others. He is a blue ribbon winner at the country's oldest and largest fiddle contest in Galax, Virginia, and in 2013, he was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the California Auto Harp Gathering, sponsored in part by the Fresno Folklore Society. In April of 2018 he was given a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for his contribution at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival.
Additional Booking Notes
I provide all props and sound equipment as needed
Upcoming Booked Events
|June 23, 2019 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
Past Booked Events
|March 17, 2019 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||House Party|
|March 15, 2019 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm||Holiday Party|
|December 01, 2018 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Christmas Party|
|November 09, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|October 28, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Birthday Party|
|October 07, 2018 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 11, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|May 10, 2018 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Surprise|
|March 30, 2018 • 9:30pm - 10:30pm||Dinner Party|
|December 02, 2017 • 10:00am - 2:00pm||Christmas Party|
|November 11, 2017 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||Wisconsin Rapids w/ New Christy's|
|November 10, 2017 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||Wisconsin w/ New Christy's|
|October 29, 2017 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||Midwest Tour|
|October 22, 2017 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||Midwest Tour|
|October 15, 2017 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||New Christy Tour|
|October 08, 2017 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||New Christy Tour|
|October 01, 2017 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||New Christy Tour|
|September 29, 2017 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||Midwest Tour|
|September 24, 2017 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||Midwest Tour|
|September 21, 2017 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||Midwest Tour w/ New Christy's|
|September 17, 2017 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||On Tour w/ New Christy Minstrels|
|September 03, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Yosemite Lakes Campfire Show|
|September 02, 2017 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Sierra Mountain Band in Groveland|
|August 26, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Yosemite Lakes Campfire Show|
|August 12, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Yosemite Lakes Campfire Show|
|August 09, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Sierra Mountain Band in San Andreas, Ca.|
|August 06, 2017 • 4:00pm - 9:00pm||New Christy Minstrels in Livermore|
|July 30, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||New Christy Minstrels in Fair Oaks|
|July 29, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||New Christy Minstrels show in Fair Oaks|
|July 28, 2017 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Benefit Show in Lodi/ with New Christy's|
|July 23, 2017 • 10:30am - 12:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|July 16, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Sierra Mountain Band Concert/Groveland|
|July 11, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Romancing the Fiddle/ Riverside, Ca.|
|July 02, 2017 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Benefit at Sonora Opera Hall|
|June 24, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Yosemite Lakes Campfire Show|
|June 14, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Bluegrass/Country Concert/Sonora|
|May 28, 2017 • 10:00am - 4:00pm||Morgan Hill|
|May 27, 2017 • 10:00am - 4:00pm||Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras|
|May 21, 2017 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||California Auto Harp Gathering|
|May 16, 2017 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||California Auto Harp Gathering|
|May 09, 2017 • 10:00am - 2:00pm||Sirs Organization/ strolling violin|
|July 19, 2016||Dinner Party|
|September 29, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 13, 2014||Christmas Party|
During the show a set list may include known fiddle classics such as Devil Went Down To Georgia, Turkey In The Straw, Listen To The Mockingbird, Orange Blossom Special, Celtic tunes and many others. Other essential bits include historical anecdotes, a poem, 'The Mountain Whippoorwill' by Stephen Vincent Benet, original songs (by Dave), comedic stunts and even some classical pieces, such as Humoresque, The Anniversary Song, The Blue Danube Waltz, Liebislied and others.
|John Massey||Guitarist/ accompanist|
|The Sierra Mountain Band||Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar & Bass|
Influences & Inspiration
Dave has been a member of the world famous New Christy Minstrels since 1997. He can be seen with the Minstrels in the acclaimed PBS special 'This Land is Your Land'. In addition he is a champion fiddler having won numerous contests in past years, including a blue ribbon at the nation's oldest and largest competition in Galax, Virginia. His past stage experiences include performing in numerous bands and with other entertainers and has brought him to a comfortable place as a solo fiddling entertainer. The list is long: Sherman Hayes & The Cowchip Pickers (country), Will Miller & Honkytonk Fever (country), Heaven's Grass (bluegrass quartet), The Piney Creek Weasels(old timey), The Foothillbillys (old timey), Michael Martin Murphey, Horse Sense (cowboy), and The Black Irish Band (celtic & Americana), the Sierra Mountain Band (bluegrass & country)