Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

~International Bluegrass Music Association’s 10-Time Fiddle Performer of the Year~
~International Bluegrass Music Association’s 4-Time Instrumental Group of the Year~

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Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation and, with ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt, he is the most awarded and celebrated fiddler in the history of the music. Cleveland plays with so much fire, drive and virtuosity that audiences are often left shaking their heads in amazement. Together with his band Flamekeeper (four-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Award winners) Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find.

The Atlanta Times gets down to the brass tacks of it; “Cleveland is as versatile as they come, but when it comes to straight-up bluegrass, whether it’s a ‘bootstomper’ or a high-and-lonesome lament, his peers are few and far between.” Clearly, this fiery fiddler’s story is just beginning and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper’s future preserving and innovating the bluegrass tradition has never been brighter.

Michael Cleveland - Vocals, Fiddle
Nathan Livers - Vocals, Mandolin
Tyler Griffith - Vocals, Bass
Joshua Richards - Vocals, Guitar
Cody Looper - Vocals, Banjo

It’s obvious he was destined to become one of Bluegrass Music’s contemporary stars. Boston Globe

Michael Cleveland’s fiddle sounds like a freight traingoing fast downhill. The playing is tight, but there is a looseness to the way it is played that makes it so fun!! The Sound Less Heard

Michael Cleveland is a 10-time winner of the IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year award. He doesn’t need folks like Barry Bales, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Paul Franklin, Andy Statman, Vince Gill and others to make his new record FIDDLER’S DREAM sound great. He has them, though. And that’s pretty all right too.” Nelson Gullett, Music Director, WDVX

Workshop Lane
2:00 – 3:00pm
Fiddle w/Michael Cleveland, Josh Richards (Flamekeeper), & Colin Farrell (Lúnasa)

Main Stage
4:40 – 5:30pm

Workshop Lane
12:30-1:30 PM
Banjo w/Jasiah Shrode (Flamekeeper) & Jayme Stone (Jayme Stone’s Folklife)
1:30-2:30 PM
Mandolin w/Nathan Livers (Flamekeeper) & Dinty Child (Session Americana)

Main Stage
6:20 – 7:10pm

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