Andy Reiner, an award-winning fiddler, composer and educator originally from Lexington, MA, began playing at age five with the Reiner Family Band. He has since developed his own style featuring creative, rhythmic melodies, and thoughtful fusing of world styles. Check out Andy's very helpful "River of Suck" podcast - "You have to suck at something before you can be good at it. River of Suck is real-talk about struggles with confidence, self-doubt and becoming the youest you. Host Andy Reiner and guests ranging from musicians to scientists parse tough questions about maintaining a healthy attitude in the face of impossible obstacles to the tune of bespoke music." Downloads, sheet music, lessons, and more from Andy are right here.
Earning a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Andy into a flurry of touring and teaching around the globe - including Heavy Metal with Devil in the Kitchen, Folk/Hip-Hop with FiddleFoxx, Swedish/Appalachian with Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Electronic/Celtic with Firecloud, and Bluegrass with The Earth Stringband, which toured Southeast Asia on the 2011 American Music Abroad tour.
Also known as the "Skiing Fiddler," Andy skis every month of the year and many of his compositions are influenced by mountains and nature. Andy currently tours both as a solo artist and with groups Half Pelican (where Andy is joined by Joy Adams on cello and vocals) and Whitewater Ramble (high-octane Rocky Mountain dancegrass). He composes fiddle tunes, songs, new works, and arrangements for string orchestra. He teaches improvisation, composition and fiddle styles privately and at music camps across the US. Andy also runs his own amazing campfire jamming camp, Rustic Roots, now in Colorado.
“Andy Reiner is an exceptional creative presence in this rapidly evolving Fiddle world, and he stands tall among his peers as an agent of positive change.” - Darol Anger, Fiddler / Composer / Producer