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Jean Bolger

Jean Bolger, a fiddler of power and finesse, began playing the violin at the age of six; classical music was the “approved listening” at home. A later convert to Irish fiddle, she brings great control to her fiery playing and a firm delicacy to her subtle, nuanced accompaniments. On the other hand, she has been known to play the accordion, and has a weakness for Irish polkas. Jean is also a prolific composer, and at one point undertook a project of writing a new tune for every day for a year. She is an instructor in Irish fiddle at Colorado College, and has a website devoted to teaching Irish fiddle tunes at