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PETER SUTHERLAND, All levels: Traditional Fiddle Styles, Old Time (5-string) Banjo; Beginning: Bluegrass Banjo: Beginning/Intermediate: Mandolin
PERFORMING EXPERIENCE: touring musician 1976-present, concerts, dances, festivals across North America and Europe, solo and with METAMORA, IRA BERNSTEIN, RHYTHM IN SHOES, THE WOODSHED ALL-STARS, THE CLAYFOOT STRUTTERS, THE ARM AND HAMMER STRING BAND and PETE AND KAREN SUTHERLAND. Venues include THE PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL, WOLFTRAP, THE SOUTH ST. SEAPORT, THE MOAB MUSIC FESTIVAL, MARIPOSA (Canada), THE KAUSTINEN FESTIVAL (Finland), THE FRANKFURT ALTE OPER (Germany),
"Practically the most musical person you may ever meet" - The Champlain Valley Festival
STUDIO EXPERIENCE: producer of over 70 recordings of traditional and contemporary acoustic music; clients include WILD ASPARAGUS, CARLA SCIAKY, CUCANANDY, STEVE GILLETTE AND CINDY MANGSEN, DANA ROBINSON, NIGHTINGALE and JOSEE VACHON.
"If I were mixing an album, I'd get Pete Sutherland's ears" - Sing Out! magazine
COMPOSING EXPERIENCE: Composer of dozens of vocal and instrumental pieces performed and recorded by over 100 artists including JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON, SALLY ROGERS AND CLAUDIA SCHMIDT and CATHY FINK AND MARCY MARXER; additionally, has collaborated on original music for concert, folk and contemporary dance, film and live theater use; artists/clients include CIRCUS SMIRKUS, STORYWORKS FILMS, and THE DAYTON (OH) PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Workshop leader in traditional folk instrumental styles, contra and square dancing, folksinging and songwriting at festivals and camps including AUGUSTA HERITAGE ARTS WORKSHOPS, ASHOKAN FIDDLE AND DANCE CAMPS, PINEWOODS FOLK MUSIC CAMPS and in numerous in-school residencies and multi-generational settings.
"The best residency we have ever had!" - Thatcher Brook Elem School, Waterbury, VT
Raised on a diet of Broadway show tunes, operatic arias and British invasion melodies, Pete discovered both traditional music and songwriting in college and like Huck Finn, "lit out for the territories". A warm-voiced singer and accomplished multi-instrumentalist known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age-old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes, Pete's music "covers the map", and shines with...."....a pure spirit which infuses every bit of his music, and cannot fail to move all who hear him." - The American Festival of Fiddle Tunes