Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper: Fired Up

"You may never have seen a bluegrass fiddler as fast as Michael Cleveland and you may never have seen one who plays with as much pure joy. But you can see him Saturday -- in Hamden. ... Cleveland, a resident of Charleston in far southern Indiana — just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky. — who first picked up a fiddle at age 4, has been raising eyebrows on the bluegrass scene ever since 1993, when he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars at the IBMA’s award show. He played the Grand Ole Opry that same year — as the guest of none other than Alison Krauss — and has played onstage over the years with the likes of Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson and J.D. Crowe, among many others. Cleveland, now 30, has been a professional bluegrass player since age 18. He’s played a few times not far away. ... Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper has a brand-new CD, 'Fired Up'" (Mark Zaretsky, "Wine and Bluegrass," New Haven Register, 3/18/11).
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