Erin Shrader

Erin has been propelling dancers around the floor and breaking hearts with an occasional well-chosen song since she was a teenager in western Washington. A Northwest fiddler in the truest sense, she plays several styles without an accent. Her first brush with Irish music came as a student of the great Irish sean nos singer Joe Heaney, who remains an  enduring influence. Erin was a US Irish fiddle champion, performed occasionally with the driving French Canadian trio Matapat, the hard-shoe dance company Rhythm In Shoes, and two-faced (old-time and New England) dance band Jekyll and Hyde.

Erin was awarded an NEA Apprentice Fellowship to study dance fiddling in New Hampshire, earned a performance degree in early music at Indiana University and toured with the early music/Celtic crossover band  Ensemble Galilei. Erin recorded with them on NPR Classics. Dropping out of the performance world, Erin trained as a bow maker with Charles Espey back home in Port Townsend, Washington, then traveled and wrote about the violin trade for seven years as the Lutherie Editor for Strings magazine. Erin now maintains her own bow workshop shop in San Francisco.