First Friday Trad Musician 6-8pm

May’s First Friday Trad Music session on May 6th will feature Jeanne Freeman who studied Irish fiddling with the late Donegal fiddler P.V. O’Donnell, and played and performed with him for many years.  A professional classical violinist in her early years,  she became interested in traditional music early on as a fiddler in Colonial Williamsburg (VA) and eventually found her way home to Irish music.  Jeanne was the Irish fiddle soloist for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and was a featured solo performer at the Greater Hartford Irish Festival.  She has performed at many festivals and venues around the region.  In 2017, Jeanne was the featured fiddler in Celtic Life International Magazine.  She was the Guest Artist for Simsbury (CT) Public School’s 2018-2019 town-wide String Festival, teaching traditional Irish music to over 200 string students (violin, viola, cello, and bass) across the district, culminating in a full concert of traditional Irish music.  Jeanne has hosted many traditional Irish sessions around the region, and also has a number of radio and television appearances to her credit, including a performance on Connecticut Public Television.  She released her debut solo CD, “The Fiddler You Are” (produced by John Whelan) in 2014.  Jeanne is the founder of the Academy, where she teaches fiddle classes.