- Jamestown, CA
- Musical Comedy Act
- Travels nationwide
- $300 and up
Fiddling entertainer Dave Rainwater presents a toe tappin' comedy show with American folklore, history and music
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 Catgut Strings 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.
What to Expect
Aside from his appearances with the New Christy Minstrels, Dave is a versatile entertainer whether working as a strolling violinist/fiddler or with his bluegrass band (the Sierra Mountain Band) or presenting his exciting stage show 'Romancing the Fiddle' or 'Catgut Strings & Rattlesnake Tales' (you can call it by either name). His show is a mixture of good ole' American fiddle classics, stories, American folklore, historical anecdotes and down home humor. As an added bonus, after each show he provides up to 15 violins (as needed) for anyone young or old to try out and explore for themselves the violin. He has been known to inspire many a person to take up fiddling!
Dave Rainwater presents an original one man show, a delightful mixture of comedy, American folklore, history and music. After two sold out theater performances in Sonora and three standing ovations at each, it's a guarantee audiences will love 'Catgut Strings Romancing The Fiddle' or 'Romancing the Fiddle'. Dave is a widely known fiddling entertainer, performing in large part from America's own traditional repertoire. Thought of as the country version similar to Andre Rieu, his shows are always full of history, comedy and musical pieces Americans remember and love. A champion and award winning fiddler, he is a touring member of the 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.
Additional Booking Notes
I provide all props and sound equipment as needed
Past Booked Events
|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 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 and Liebislied.
|John Massey||Guitarist/ accompanist|
|The Sierra Mountain Band||Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar & Bass|
Influences & Inspiration
Dave is currently in his 11th year as a touring member of the world famous New Christy Minstrels. 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),