Composer, Accordionist, and Pianist

Jeremiah McLane & Ruthie Dornfeld

Vermont accordionist, Jeremiah McLane, and Seattle fiddler, Ruthie Dornfeld, have joined forces to create an exciting new duo that plays traditional music from France, the British Isles, North America, and Scandinavia. The duo also features original works in the folk tradition including pieces by Gilles Chabenat, Tapani Varis, Andy Cutting, and also compositions of their own. Together, Jeremiah and Ruthie create subtle changes in mood, texture, and dynamics that give the listener the impression they are two musicians with the same mind. Their firm grounding in traditional dance music, mastery of their instruments, and innovative spirits, make for a musical experience of unforgettable energy, passion, and adventure. Whether it’s French Valse Musette, Irish Reel, Argentine Tango, Swedish Hambo, Quebecois Quadrille, or Cajun Two-Step, these two performers interpret traditional dance music in a way that has never been done before. Ruthie Dornfeld has earned a reputation as one of America’s finest and most versatile fiddlers. In her 35 years of violin playing, she has acquired fluency in a wide range of traditional fiddle styles–Irish, Old-Time American, French Canadian, Danish, and Hungarian–as well as exploring some non-traditional fiddle areas such as Brazilian chorinhos, and free improvisation. She is well known through her recordings with the Copenhagen-based group, The American Cafe Orchestra, with whom she has performed throughout the U. S. and Europe. She currently performs with guitar master John Miller, in the French cabaret group Rouge, with Balkan singer and accordionist Ruth Hunter, and with percussive step dancer Sandy Silva.


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