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Ed Pearlman


Ed Pearlman has played and taught fiddle for over 35 years, with experience in many styles but a special depth of knowledge about Scottish and Cape Breton music. From the Portland, Maine area, he has toured and recorded with his son, pianist Neil Pearlman, daughter Lilly Pearlman on fiddle, and his wife, dancer Laura Scott. Ed directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club 1981-1999, including 15 annual Scottish Fiddle Rallies matching the group with great soloists from Scotland and Cape Breton (highlights CD on Greentrax), and 7 Celtic Festivals at the Hatch Shell featuring top Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton musicians and dancers from New England.

In 2014, Ed created www.fiddle-online.com to share knowledge, tunes, and guest instructors. Each summer he co-leads extensive music and walking tours of Scotland for small groups. He has taught at many music camps, including Blazin-in-Beauly in Scotland, Ohio Scottish Arts School, Pinewoods, Maine Fiddle Camp, Ashokan, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp. and of course, Fiddle Hell. Ed directed the Roaring Jelly contra dance band for several years and has played for countless Scottish dances, contras, as well as for Highland dancers and Cape Breton stepdancers. Ed has written the music column for Scottish Life magazine for over 20 years.