Vermont born, fifth generation fiddle player, Patrick Ross won the Vermont-State Fiddle Championship at age fourteen. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and shared stages with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Paul McCartney. In 2012, he was invited to perform at both the Calvin Coolidge Theater in The Library of Congress and The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. He has had the pleasure of working with Christopher Lloyd in a recent production of, “Call Of The Wild 3D” and assisted in the scoring of the film. He now lives in Newbury, Vermont with his wife and daughter. He works and teaches in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center and has recently started an independent record label called Rock Farmer Records with the mission of producing, recording and preserving Roots music. His solo concerts include a world wide range of fiddle styles as well as songs he has penned with guitar, banjo, mandolin and cello. For full length videos and other musings please visit www.patrickrossmusic.com
The story begins in the borderlands of Quebec in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom where Patrick Ross learned traditional folk tunes from his father and began his journey as a fifth generation fiddle player. Outlaw Country, Blues, Gospel, Folk, Gypsy Jazz, Classical and Bluegrass are all stops along the way though this autobiographical account of the artist’s formative moments in music. Life lessons, laughs and the associated sounds of people and places that have enriched Ross’s catalog are the topic of this multi-instrument, multi-genre acoustic concert.
With every name there’s a face, a place and an accent. There is, more importantly, a way of doing things that is at the heart of identity, whether personal, cultural or musical. From backyard BBQ’s to stadium concerts, each experience along the way has expanded Patrick’s musical vocabulary to match any occasion and to better express himself.
Having crossed many borders in the United States, Canada, Central America and Europe, a show is Patrick Ross’s statement on identity through ways of, “doing music”.
Patrick Ross was born and raised in Canaan, Vermont, on the border of Quebec and New Hampshire. There, his Dad taught him how to fish, hunt, and how to play music without reading notes. He wanted to be like him, so he started learning a mix of Outlaw Country and French Canadian Folk tunes at about age 6. He was lucky to have begun so young. It was a head start that led him to his first real gig at age 11. He has branched out and has been playing professionally ever since. He and his wife live on a farm in Eastern Vermont where their two big dogs keep them company and the view of the White Mountains is magnificent. Arthur would be proud.