"Fiddler extraordinaire Jeanne Freeman...a casual virtuosity...the music is light, airy and fun, and...really, really good...fabulous...the overall effect is just about perfect" -  John Thomas, The Fretboard Journal 

          "Set an enviable standard of proficiency" -Earle Hitchner (Wall Street Journal; Irish Echo) 
 
 

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Hello and welcome to my website -- I'm a traditional Irish fiddler in Connecticut and enjoy sharing my love of Irish music with others, whether in concerts, traditional sessions, or teaching Irish fiddle.  I also founded and teach at the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, which offers group lessons on a variety of instruments. 

I am honored to be the Guest Artist this year for the town-wide String Festival for Simsbury Public Schools; I'll be conducting workshops and teaching a bit of Irish music to the 5th through 12 grades!      

I was also featured in the June 2017 issue of Celtic Life International! Read it here:

Had a blast joining the great Fergal Scahill (We Banjo 3) as part of his phenomenal "Fiddle Tune a Day 2017" project!

A session at Comhaltas North American Convention in May 2015, featuring two jigs - “Paddy’s Return” and “Willie Coleman’s”, by musicians L/R Jeanne Freeman, Connecticut {fiddle}, Haley Richardson, New Jersey (fiddle), Patrick Hutchinson, Providence, Rhode Island (pipes), Aaron Olwell, Central Virginia (flute) and Joey Abarta, Boston (pipes).

Created By Willie Fogarty; Source: Comhaltas live - https://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_469_7a_session_at_comhaltas_north_american_convention_in_may/

Featured on Connecticut Public Television

Here's some video from "An Evening of Irish Music", a special produced by Connecticut Public Television in 2013. With Jeanne Freeman (fiddle), Dan Ringrose (vocals and guitar), John Tabb (button accordion), Jon Warner (uilleann pipes and flute), and step dancers from the Griffith Academy.

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Jeanne's debut solo CD, "The Fiddler You Are", produced by John Whelan, with guest appearances by Dan Ringrose, Flynn Cohen, John Whelan, Rory Makem, Janine Randall, and Tom Boyer.

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Previous events

Date Event Location
Traditional Irish Session (The Playwright) The Playwright, Hamden, CT The Playwright, Hamden, CT
Private Event Manchester, CT Manchester, CT
 —  — Traditional Irish Comhaltas session (Hanafin's), with Dan Ringrose Hanafin's Pub, Glastonbury, CT Hanafin's Pub, Glastonbury, CT
Traditional Irish Session (The Playwright) The Playwright, Hamden, CT The Playwright, Hamden, CT
Private Event Irish American Cultural Center, East Haven, CT Irish American Cultural Center, East Haven, CT
Traditional Irish Session (Comhaltas session, Hanafin's, Burke-Curry-Seery branch) Hanafin's Pub, Glastonbury, CT Hanafin's Pub, Glastonbury, CT
Traditional Irish Session (The Playwright) The Playwright, Hamden, CT The Playwright, Hamden, CT
Concert - Branford Folk Coffeehouse, with Dan Milner, Jeff Davis, and Ben Gagliardi Branford Folk Coffeehouse, Branford, CT Branford Folk Coffeehouse, Branford, CT
 —  — World College Fair (Ringrose & Freeman) Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT
 —  — "The Main Event: Cultural Cocktail Hour" Butler-McCook House and Garden, Hartford , CT Butler-McCook House and Garden, Hartford , CT
Traditional session The Playwright, Hamden, CT The Playwright, Hamden, CT
Concert Farmington Woods, Avon, CT Farmington Woods, Avon, CT
Saint Patrick's Celebration Concert Litchfield Community Center, Litchfield, CT Litchfield Community Center, Litchfield, CT
Hartford Symphony Orchestra Bushnell Theatre Mortensen Hall, Hartford, CT Bushnell Theatre Mortensen Hall, Hartford, CT
Private Event Essex Yacht Club, Essex, CT Essex Yacht Club, Essex, CT
Private Event Bristol, CT Bristol, CT
7th Annual Saint Patrick's Day Celebration Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT
New Milford Commission on the Arts Concert In the Historic Railway Station , New Milford, CT In the Historic Railway Station , New Milford, CT
Greater Hartford Saint Patrick's Day Parade Mass Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, CT Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford, CT
"Better Connecticut" with Scott Haney and Kara Sundlun (WFSB TV) WFSB Television, CT WFSB Television, CT

Connecticut Academy of Irish Music

In 2013 Jeanne established the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, with the help of some great fellow musicians!  For more information,  please visit www.ctirishmusic.com.  We were featured in an article in the Hartford Courant; click here to read.