Press release (photos below)
Recognized by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for “outstanding artistic achievement,” Donna Hébert is a state Artist’s Fellow in the Folk Arts. She has two original songs on Smithsonian anthologies and eight appointments as a master fiddler in the National Endowment’s Master-Apprenticeship program.
Dr. Alan Jabbour, Dir. (ret)., American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, calls her “An outstanding performer and world class teacher. I consider her at the forefront of the developing field of fiddle pedagogy.” Her Fiddling Demystified for Strings is a “cornucopia of fiddling,” (Darol Anger, Berklee professor) and “should be required reading for all string teachers.” (Strings Magazine).
Donna performs with guitarist and songwriter Max Cohen and they record and play with Molly Hebert-Wilson in Celtic group Mist Covered Mountains. Donna also performs with Max and singer Lui Collins in 3 ravens trio and in the Away with the Faeries show with poet Jane Yolen.
Donna teaches fiddle and performance at Smith and Amherst Colleges and has directed Great Groove Band children’s performances since 1998 at Old Songs Festival and since 2006 at Philadelphia Folk Festival.
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Quotes & reviews
Outstanding artistic achievement!” Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
“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.
“The book and CD are GREAT! Wow! The book is pretty wonderful on its own, a nice collection of tunes, with everything meticulously transcribed and explained in the text. The CD’s though, are what really blew me away. Your explanations of not only the tunes, but also the ornamentations and other techniques that give them their character, is unique, amazing, and incredibly valuable! What an incredible gift you’ve given to those who aspire to play fiddle and to those of us who don’t but still want to know how to fold fiddle-istic ornaments and techniques into our playing! This is a treasure trove and I’m recommending it to everyone. There is tremendous value here, far beyond what I paid. You should be amazingly proud of yourself and YES … please … get busy on volume two. I’ll buy the first copy!” Wayne Fugate, mandolin player, musical cast member of “Bright Star” on Broadway.
“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 of La Bottine Souriante
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