VOCALS & STRINGS; SOLO & ENSEMBLE
ACCOMPANIMENT FOR SINGERS & BANDS
TRADITIONAL & ORIGINAL MELODIES
VIOLIN / FIDDLE / VIOLA
Waltzes and gentle folk melodies, as well as lively Celtic, Old-time/Southern, French Canadian, and Scandinavian fiddle tunes for all types of events.
I'm sensitive and experienced at playing music for theater productions, and can find the right sorts of tunes for a particular time and place.
My fiddle has a pleasant, clear tone, so it can fit into a calm atmosphere; or if the occasion calls for it, the fiddle can carry rollicking dance tunes over a long distance. My viola has a rich, colorful tone and powerful projection.
I sing a cappella and also accompany myself on guitar.
I can sight-read sheet music and also learn by ear, and am very comfortable improvising.
I've performed and recorded tracks with singers and bands backing up their vocals, and enjoy doing that very much.
In 2008 I recorded with the Mutineers on their album"Coal Creek." The way the fiddle was recorded makes it sound like a harmonica, which I think is great fun. I improvised fiddle parts for the tunes "Little Maggie" and "Love Divine;" both these tracks are reviewed by the Maine Switch in Portland, excerpted here: "Thanks to the emotion with which MacDonald sings and a swelling fiddle line, courtesy of guest Hope Hoffman, the track remains one of the most nuanced and lovely moments on the disc." [link to full review]
Concerts of country duet singing and backup fiddling
Live CD and performances of original Maine dance tunes
Solo fiddle & ballad singing in Glasgow
Parent-Child Creative Folk Dance with Live Music
Press kit & photos:
My original fiddle tunes can be licensed with a contract for recording and other media projects.
Sheet music and audio is here.
Fiddling for a contra dance at Colby College
Improvising backup for "Barbara Allen" at the Mutineers' CD release concert.
A sampling of my previous professional music experience since 2001
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To request more information, please call (207) 332-3459 or e-mail me.
Hope Hoffman ~ PO Box 171, Bowdoinham, Maine 04008 ~ www.hopehoffman.org
Photo by Dave Levingston