Heidi Clare & AtaGallop
Heidi Clare is widely acknowledged as the best old-time fiddler currently performing. Her style and the material that she chooses to perform keeps alive the hundreds-years-old traditions established by immigrant fiddlers who came to America starting in the seventeenth century and established the fiddle as a major American instrument for dancing, Appalachian ballads and hoedowns, and bluegrass breakdowns. She has performed with such stalwarts of acoustic music as Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Steve Earle. Heidi is a Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco as part of the Global Brain Health Initiative. She is establishing parallel music programs in San Francisco and Dublin (Ireland) for our elders as well as developing a radio show/podcast for the purpose of creating public awareness for elder advocacy.