Biography

Tim Ball is a versatile fiddler and guitarist, with a repertoire grounded in New England and Irish-American dance tunes. He’s well known for a sensitive approach that allows him to traverse a wide range of styles, from Appalachian old-time to bluegrass and western swing.

Tim has been staple of the contra dance and Irish music scenes in western New York for the better part of a decade. His fiddle playing has been informed both by studies with older mentors and teachers such as Ed McGowan, David Kaynor, and Brian Conway, and collaborations with his contemporaries, such as Sophie Orzechowski MacRae and Andrew Van Norstrand.

Tim performs throughout the northeast with his Celtic trio Arise & Go, contra dance bands Tempest and Center Street, and Ithaca’s Irish session band Traonach. As a teacher or staff musician, he has been on faculty at week-long camps such as American Dance & Music week at Pinewoods (Massachusetts), the Ithaca Suzuki Institute, and the Kanack School Fiddle Camp (Rochester, New York).

Tim teaches private violin and fiddle lessons in Ithaca and Newfield.

fiddler & guitarist