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 has been the Irish fiddle soloist for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Saint Patrick's Day Celebration at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 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 2017.  Jeanne also performs regularly with singer Dan Ringrose as the duo, Ringrose & Freeman.  They have appeared in many venues, including on Connecticut Public Television, in “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.  


For many years Jeanne hosted a traditional Irish music session in Hartford that welcomed numerous leading traditional Irish musicians, and in 2018 is launching a new session in Middletown, CT (check schedule page for details).  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 has also been an officer with 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.