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Hoffman, Sean
Syracuse, IN 46567
My main interests include traditional Irish fiddle music, bluegrass and old-time fiddle. I perform and tour with an Americana/Bluegrass band called the "Goldmine Pickers" playing original compositions as well as traditional bluegrass and old-time music. With the Goldmine Pickers, I have toured extensively in the Eastern and Midwestern United States and Ireland playing concerts, festivals and schools. I also perform and tour with a traditional Irish music trio called "Soltre". We play energetic and innovative arrangements of traditional songs and dance music. I also play fiddle with various other folk musicians and bands in the area and have played for Irish ceili dances and contra dances as well as in community theatre.
I began learning fiddle when I was six years old from my uncle, who played with the family bluegrass band. I also began taking Suzuki violin lessons around this time. In 5th grade, I started playing in school orchestra and continued throughout high school. In college, I began studying with All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Brian Conway. Since then, I have been performing and touring with various independent folk artists and bands around the U.S. and have made several trips to Ireland to play and study Irish music. I am a founding member of Goldmine Pickers (original Americana and bluegrass) and we have recorded a self-titled album of original music. One song from the album, "Conversation's Free", is currently being aired in 38 countries in Europe as the soundtrack to an advertisment for the new Nissan Note. I am also a recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant for a recording of originally composed duets with Irish whistle player Nolan Ladewski.
Services Offered
  • Doing demonstrations
  • Education presentations to schools, community organizations
  • Exhibitions/Demonstrations
  • Performances
  • Teach Art Form
  • Assisting in Planning Arts Events
I am available seven days a week except for Thursday afternoons starting at 3pm. Please contact me for up to date information as availablity will fluctuate with touring and performance schedules.
Please contact me via email ( for a detailed fee schedule and to discuss specific program and event needs.

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