Biography

 


Fiddler Jeanne Freeman is the founder and Director of the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, where she teaches Irish fiddle to students of all ages.  Classically trained in her early years, Jeanne began playing traditional music as a fiddler in Colonial Williamsburg and never looked back. She eventually studied Irish fiddling with the late Donegal fiddler P.V. O'Donnell, and played and performed with him regularly for many years.  

Jeanne was the Irish fiddle soloist for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Saint Patrick's Day Celebration at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in 2012, where she played to a capacity crowd.   She was a featured solo performer at the Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival, and has performed often at that festival as well as the CT Irish Festival, Danbury Irish Festival, Fairfield Irish Festival, and many other venues large and small throughout the region. Celtic Life International magazine featured an interview with Jeanne in "The Fiddler" segment of the June 2017 issue.   Jeanne also plays in a duo, Ringrose & Freeman (with singer Dan Ringrose) which performs widely, and in 2013 they appeared on Connecticut Public Television, in a program called “An Evening of Irish Music with Ringrose, Freeman & Friends” along with other musical friends, and dancers. They also have multiple other television and radio appearances to their credit, and notably for a number of years  hosted a memorable Saint Patrick’s Celebration Concert at the University of Saint Joseph, a community celebration of Irish music, song, and dance.  


Jeanne leads a regular traditional Irish music session in Hartford and welcomes many other leading players from the area as guest co-hosts.  She also is a guest host at other sessions throughout the region.  As part of her commitment to preserving and promoting traditional Irish music, Jeanne also currently serves as Chair of  the local branch of Comhaltas Ceolteori Eirann (CCE), the world-wide organization for the promotion of traditional Irish music, song, language, and dance.  In addition to her work with the CT Academy of Irish Music, she also teaches privately and enjoys working with players of all ages and abilities. Jeanne appears on a number of recordings, and in 2014 she released her debut solo CD, "The Fiddler You Are," produced by John Whelan.