Multi-genre violinist/fiddler Seán Heely is rapidly emerging as one of the most creatively versatile and captivating young artists of his generation. Fiddle legend Liz Carroll calls Seán “One powerhouse of a fiddler.” He is a U.S National Scottish Fiddle Champion as well as an award-winning Irish fiddler and singer in the folk traditions of Scotland and Ireland.
Seán holds a degree from the University of South Carolina in Classical Violin Performance and was a 2019 Artist in Residence at Strathmore Music Center in Maryland. An educator in demand, Seán is an Adjunct Instructor at American University, and has been on the faculty at camps such as Acadia Traditional School of Music and Arts, Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat, and Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Festival ("an excellent and insightful teacher"). He has performed in Scotland, Ireland, and at venues in the U.S such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Seán has performed with traditional music icons such as Liz Carroll, Bonnie Rideout, Natalie Haas, Cathy Jordan, Eamon O’Leary, Zan McLeod, and Paddy Keenan. Currently based in Washington DC, Seán performs locally and abroad with the Seán Heely Celtic Trio, Glencoe Lads and Skylark. He is a musical ambassador for the British Embassy Scottish Affairs Office and the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington. A composer and arranger, Seán has won national awards including the 2016 Scottish Fiddling Revival’s Tune writing competition. He frequently travels abroad as a solo artist, has been a speaker at events such as the Scottish North American Leadership Conference, and maintains a private teaching studio in Falls Church, VA.