“outstanding artistic achievement!” MA Governor Deval Patrick
Franco-American fiddler, singer, composer and educator Donna Hébert is a bona-fide cultural treasure. Named a state Artist’s Fellow in the Folk Arts, with two original songs included on Smithsonian anthologies, Donna also won eight appointments as a master-teacher in Franco-American fiddling through the National Endowment’s Master-Apprenticeship program.
A member of the new all-fiddle Panache Quartet and the Celtic ensemble Mist Covered Mountains, Donna also performs with guitarist Max Cohen and directs children’s performances with Groovemama at Old Songs and Philadelphia Folk Festivals every year.
An expert on multiple fiddle styles, Donna’s “Fiddling Demystified for Strings” is an “encyclopedia of fiddling” (Darol Anger, Berklee professor) and “should be required reading for all string teachers hoping to branch out into fiddling.” (Laura Risk, Strings Magazine). Donna teaches fiddle at Smith and Amherst Colleges in western Mass.
On this site you’ll find
• Fiddle lore and a blog with free lessons
• Pages with performance samples and dates for Donna’s bands
• Donna’s CDs and books for sale as digital downloads
• Info about taking fiddle lessons in western Mass. or Skype fiddle lessons from anywhere
“Donna is an outstanding performer and world class teacher. I consider her at the forefront of the developing field of fiddle pedagogy.” Dr. Alan Jabbour, Dir. (ret)., American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
Says fiddler Jane Rothfield, “This Distant Shore,” from Celtic folk trio Mist Covered Mountains, ”aims straight for the heart and cracks it wide open!”
“I absolutely LOVE the sound of Panache – really exciting! The real winner for me is the sheer enthusiasm and energy in the playing – you can actually hear the smiles! Sometimes, there is a spark, a connection that lets you bounce off each other and create something really special – this is it!” Rua Macmillan, fiddler, 2009 BBC Young Scotland Traditional Musician of the Year
“I want to immediately clone this program [The Great Groove Band] at every festival in the country. THIS is how you make sure young people want to play folk music. You lead them around by their ears for three days and then you put them on the great big Martin Stage at the Philly Folk Fest, with all the lights and TV cameras. They will NEVER forget that!” Leslie Berman, folk journalist, Jambalaya News
“In Full Bloom is Donna’s best CD ever, un vrai délice!” Québécois artist Benoit Bourque