Hope Hoffman / Jeff Trippe :

cd photo / design by Willie McElroy

Present Scots-Irish and Americana instrumental music and songs, with a modern approach and fluid, detailed interpretations.

Their repertoire includes jigs, dance tunes, old songs, new songs, and Hope Hoffman's original compositions.

Gracefully improvised phrasing and subtle musicianship are hallmarks of this duo.

Hoffman's fiddling brings a precise and imaginative style to their instrumental melodies, and a sensitive and creative accompaniment to vocal pieces.

Trippe blends his lovely vocals with Hoffman's harmonies to create a lush emotional texture, and his rhythm and melodic lines on guitar and octave mandolin mesh magically with the fiddle's resonance and sense of adventure.

Hoffman and Trippe's CD showcases their elegant, spontaneous settings of popular Irish tunes, plus a couple of Hoffman's compositions. [purchase CD online]

Hoffman and Trippe's CD:

cd design by Willie McElroy

Showcases their elegant, spontaneous settings of popular Irish tunes (as well as a couple of Hoffman's compositions).

CDs are available at:

[Maine Retailers] [Mail-Order] [Online] [Upcoming Events]

"Both Hoffman and Trippe are dazzling. 'Ships are Sailing'… is a sublime melding of instruments, and its spirit is both melancholy and hopeful … 'Longview'… is captivatingly playful. The medley of 'Julia Delaney/Star of Munster/The Merry Bastard' combines two traditionals with a Hoffman original ("The Merry Bastard"), and it's one of my favorites as fiddle and guitar dance their way through the arrangements …'Star of the County Down/Rights of Man' leads you across the water and through the green fields of Ireland, and it takes its time getting there to afford the listener time to take it all in."
Aimsel Ponti, reviewer for Portland Press Herald, August 19, 2010 [read full review]

Audio samples :

The Peacock's Feather hornpipe
From the album "Hoffman & Trippe" copyright 2010

Rattlin' Bog polka
From the album "Hoffman & Trippe" copyright 2010

Road to Lisdoonvarna jig
From the album "Hoffman & Trippe" copyright 2010

Ireland's Green Shores ballad
From the album "Hoffman & Trippe" copyright 2010

The Merry Bastard reel
From the album "Hoffman & Trippe" copyright 2010
Composed by Hope Hoffman copyright 2005 link to sheet music/chords

[download track list]

[purchase CD online including single-track downloads]

For booking, contact :

Online Booking Form for Event Planners

Hope Hoffman, (207) 332-3459 or e-mail.

Concerts /restaurants / events :

photo by Ron St. Jean

Press kit and photos / Previous performances

Brief Bio: Hope Hoffman (fiddle) and Jeff Trippe (guitar and octave mandolin) are a well-matched, sensitive and subtly dramatic duo, creating fluid, detailed interpretations of jigs, reels, hornpipes, old songs and new songs. Hoffman and Trippe's CD showcases their elegant, spontaneous settings of popular Irish tunes (as well as a couple of Hoffman's compositions). Gracefully improvised phrasing and a lush, emotional texture are hallmarks of this duo -- some great musicianship not to be missed! Audio samples, resources and links for fiddle students, sheet music for her original tunes, and a calendar of events are at www.hopehoffman.org.

Past performances as a duo include Byrnes' Irish Pub, Sweet Leaves Teahouse, concerts at Blue in Portland, acoustic concerts in Topsham, Schoolhouse Arts Center in Standish, and the Maine Maritime Museum.

Join our mailing list to stay updated about our upcoming concerts with Hope Hoffman's music events newsletter, sent out just 4 times each year.

Performing / teaching / recording :

photo / design by Willie McElroy

Jeff Trippe: has been playing in bluegrass, blues, Celtic and rock bands for about thirty years. He recently recorded an album of original songs and was featured as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist in the Mutineers' latest CD, "Coal Creek."

Hope Hoffman: has been a full-time professional performing artist in Maine since 2001. She gives performances and workshops, and plays for weddings and events. Her original fiddle tunes were published on a live CD in 2007. Hope also teaches music, and sings and plays with several bands in New England as well as working as a soloist, vocalist and recording artist.

www.hopehoffman.org :

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Hoffman & Trippe
fiddle & guitar duo
imaginative, lush renditions of
Scots-Irish & Americana
jigs, reels, hornpipes & songs
CD & booking at