Touring full-time since 1995, Ken Waldman has appeared
at some of the continent's leading performing arts
centers, concert series, festivals, universities,
clubs, and more.
With an MFA in Creative Writing and eight published
books, Ken can not only visit undergraduate and graduate
writing classes, but his experience as both teacher
and performer allows him to work in high schools, middle
schools, and elementaries. This makes him ideal for
residencies--in fact, he's led in-service workshops
for teachers. Fall 2013, a nine-week tour included
visits to 28 schools in four states, and contact with
over 6,000 students.
Ken has been playing fiddle for 30 years. He plays
traditional tunes authentically, has recorded over
100 original tunes, and brings band mates who are often
headliners themselves. His fiddling and composition
skills are praised in journals such as Fiddler Magazine,
and he's a popular guest in music classes.
Solo, he can come as a visiting writer or storyteller,
where he also plays fiddle, and he has developed a
one-person show, Portrait of an Artist as Santa Claus.
While Ken can bring an accompanist or two for more
intimate concert halls, his vast network of colleagues--which
include many fine Canadian musicians--allows him to
play main stage series. His ever-changing roots-music
variety shows are designed for specific communities
(and budgets), or else for special events, like December
holiday programs, or for family shows or children's
festivals. He also has an evening, Ken Waldman & Fiddle
Summit, where he brings a troupe of fiddlers of varied
styles and backgrounds.
"In the tradition of the late John Hartford." --The
"I recommend Ken Waldman as a genuinely warm, talented
educator and entertainer for family audiences. . .
. he stands as a timeless reminder in the power of
authenticity, words and music to connect people of
all ages." --Angela Seals, Pittsburgh Children's