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Born in New York City, Dick Solberg was trained classically on the piano and the violin, but when he encountered "fiddling" in styles like old-timey, bluegrass, Celtic, and Cajun, he was hooked. His professional career started in 1976, when he fiddled on the streets in places like Ann Arbor, Michigan; Provincetown, Cape Cod; and Coconut Grove, Florida; it has continued across America, in the Caribbean (29 winter season in St. Thomas) and at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland; on the Great Wall of China; and the American University in Cairo.
Solberg, whose Norwegian name means "sun mountain," has been entertaining for more than thirty years, playing every imaginable venue from college fraternities to public radio and television concerts, from waterfront bars to elementary schools, from burials at sea to a birthday party for six ladies over 100 years old. He sings and plays fiddle, guitar, piano, and bass, and as a band leader has employed many musicians, working usually with a guitarist and a bassist but often adding banjo, mandolin, drums/percussion, or electric guitar. He also performs solo occasionally, offering a program illustrating different kinds of fiddling.
The Fiddler has recorded quite a bit over the years, four LPs in the early years, now seven CDs and a DVD, and some are available at this website. His touring schedule, eagerly awaited by many fans, is also posted on the website, along with a newsletter called The Fiddler's Dram, a few songs in MP3 format, a guest book, and an electronic, downloadable press kit. He lives in an old wooden Grange Hall in central New York State, and a few years ago wrote the book and the music for a musical about Norwegian immigrants on the Erie Canal in 1826, the year the canal opened. The musical was performed by the Fort Plain/Canajoharie Drama Club four nights in two high school auditoriums in 2007.
Some of the Fiddler's latest projects are a live recording from Knuckleheads Saloon, a famous roadhouse in Kansas City, MO, and a CD titled "You Can't Keep A Good Dick Down."
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