Fiddler Dave picked up the violin/fiddle at the age of 10 and continued playing in orchestras until his graduation from high school. Halfway through college at Davidson, NC, Dave discovered the alter-ego of his grandmother’s violin when he immersed himself in the fiddle music of Appalachian Old Time, Bluegrass, and Celtic styles. On summer break from college in 1993, Dave joined Gary & Kitty Mitchell of Ocracoke Island to form the Molasses Creek band.
Upon graduation from Davidson, Fiddler Dave received a Watson Fellowship to study changes in Celtic styles of fiddling and spent the next year hunting down fiddlers in Scotland, Ireland, the Shetland Islands, & Cape Breton. Returning to Ocracoke Island after his travels, Fiddler Dave reunited with his Molasses Creek bandmates and continued to tour with them, releasing 9 albums and spreading their Americana style of music from their hometown Deepwater Theater on Ocracoke Island to fans across the globe.
In addition to his appearances on Molasses Creek albums and the recordings of many other musicians, Fiddler Dave has produced two instrumental Cds, Cecil Train Heads West and The Cormorant. He also co-produced an album with fellow songwriter and autoharpist extraordinaire, Michael Stanwood, entitled Brothers from Another Time. He continues to write songs and fiddle tunes from his home base on Ocracoke Island.
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