Ruthie Dornfeld

dornfeldRuthie Dornfeld’s big tone, fierce rhythm and fluid style, along with a wildly eclectic repertoire, have won her popularity among dancers and concert audiences alike. Fluent in a wide range of traditional styles (Irish, American old-time, Scandinavian and Eastern European, for starters), she has performed and taught for over thirty years throughout the U.S. and abroad, from the Manaus Operahouse in the Brazilian Amazon to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Ruthie started out on classical violin in Corvallis, Oregon, then discovered fiddle music at age 18 and hit the road running. During a 15 year sojourn in New England, she studied jazz at Berklee College of Music, became a renowned dance fiddler, played in the stringband The Poodles, and founded The American Cafe Orchestra with Danish guitarist Morten Alfred Høirup, with whom she toured for a decade and recorded several groundbreaking albums. Now residing in Seattle, Ruthie continues to play at contra dances, in the tango band Tangoheart, with singer/songwriter Cyd Smith, as well as with 3 Fiddles 3 Traditions. In addition to violin, Ruthie plays the medieval fiddle (vielle), and her compositions for that instrument are featured in her recording, “Lay of the Waves,” for which she received grants from Artist Trust and the Jack Straw Foundation.
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