Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is an award-winning fiddler who has been teaching at Strings And Things for 9 years and performing for over two decades. He was first recognized as part of New Hampshire’s culture at the age of 12, when he was the youngest member of the delegation representing the state at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. He has toured nationally with bands in various genres, performed across Ireland, and released multiple recordings of Celtic music that can be heard on radio stations around New England and in the British Isles. He has also written soundtracks for audiobooks and television (including the New England Emmy®-Nominated theme music for NH Chronicle) and appeared as a guest on over 75 albums. He has opened for acts ranging from Tommy Makem to Willy Nelson, and performs around 200 shows each year with multiple groups, mostly with his own project, the Jordan TW Trio. In 2013, Tirrell-Wysocki was awarded the title of “Master Artist” by the NH State Council on the Arts, and named “Best Fiddler 2016” by NH Magazine. When not on the road, he teaches in Concord and cohosts the family-friendly Irish Night every Thursday at the legendary Stone Church Meeting House in Newmarket, NH.
Middlebury College, ‘08
Master Artist for NH Traditional Arts Council’s apprenticeship program; Mentor, Pathway Center for Arts and Education; Teacher at Strings & Things Music 2011-present
New England Barn Dances and Celtic music since 1997; National touring: Adam Ezra Group ’12-’13, Finnegan’s Farewell ’13-’14; Regional touring: JamAntics ’09-’11, Dusty Gray Band ’11-’15, Jordan TW Trio, ’11-present; Session player in numerous bands in multiple genres; Recording session player on over 50 records; Live, performs over 200 shows each year with various bands, mostly around New England
Teaches by ear, in the traditional fiddle style. Focus is on learning to play from memory and by feel, building the connections between the music you hear in your head and what comes out of your instrument. No sheet music is used - practice assignments are to be played by ear, with recordings for reference. Most importantly, playing music should be FUN, so effort is made to cater to the student’s interestes and individual goals.
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