Hop@Home: Jam Session with Patrick Ross
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Jam Session with Patrick Ross

May 14, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop@Home season. This is an archived view.

Combining live and recorded music, this fifth-generation fiddler and multi-instrumentalist recreates from home the great music and joie de vivre of his band Atlas Key.

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Vermont-born, fifth-generation fiddler and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Ross refreshes traditional music through virtuosity and showmanship.

A DJ, composer, singer and producer as well as superb multi-instrumentalist, Patrick Ross is the very model of the modern traditional musician! Ross grew up near the Canadian border, and his grandparents came from Quebec, where there's a strong tradition of fiddling. At age 12 Ross caught the attention of a Smithsonian Folkway Records team documenting regional folk music, who ended up recording Ross on the front porch of his family's home. He won the Vermont-State Fiddle Championship at age 14 and has been performing professionally since age 19, when he joined Smokin' Grass, a Vermont bluegrass band that blended elements of folk and roots rock.

Now in his mid 30s, Ross has toured with a variety of music ensembles, worked in Nashville with a Celtic band, performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C., and shared stages with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Paul McCartney. He's established himself as one of Vermont's top session musicians. He tours the state regularly, has started an annual music festival and opened his own recording label, Rock Farmer Records, dedicated to "roots" music. Always busy, Ross performs with The Fellers with Rusty DeWees and guitarist Doug Perkins, the bluegrass band Mountain Money, and bands Hot Flannel and Atlas Key. His solo concerts include a worldwide range of fiddle styles as well as songs he has written for guitar, banjo, mandolin and cello.

Said Robert Resnik, host of Vermont Public Radio's All the Traditions, "It's not just the technical expertise or the mastery of an amazing variety of styles that puts Vermont fiddler Patrick Ross several steps above and beyond practically all other players; Ross's eclectic taste and raw energy make sparks and create musical magic every time his bow hits the strings." Remarked his performance partner DeWees: "Equal to or perhaps beyond Patrick Ross' virtuosic command of the fiddle is the easy and entertaining style in which he commands a performance. I'm blessed to have shared his stage."

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