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Mitch Reed (New in 2019)

Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist, traditional music instructor and storyteller Mitch Reed was born in Bayou Vista, Louisiana and raised in Lafayette by musicians and storytellers from Mamou. When he was 12 he started playing the cello and at 15 began playing the fiddle. By 17, Mitch was touring and performing with Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy and DL Menard. Over the years he has built an extensive repertoire and learned an old style of playing which is evident in his sound today.

During his career Mitch has played alongside Louisiana greats such as Canray Fontenot, Wade Frugé, Michael Doucet, Steve Riley, Charles Neville, Zachary Richard and George Porter. In addition he has worked with Richard Thompson, Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Natalie McMaster and Kenny Baker, to name a few. Mitch recently retired from over 20 years working on the road as a touring musician to focus on his music students. In August of 2018 he expanded his music school and moved from Louisiana to Maine with his wife and family. These changes have afforded him the opportunity to pass on the unwritten traditions of Cajun fiddling and storytelling.

Mitch currently offers private lessons, group classes, and online fiddle breakdowns both nationally and worldwide here, and explores the connections between the musical traditions of Acadia and Acadiana through workshops and his video blog. Mitch is also a fine Irish player and teacher.

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