Artists

Here are (many of) the artists who play our instruments - because they love them!

Robert Anderson

Violinist, composer, arranger, educator, clinician in the Los Angeles area. robertandersonviolin.com

Darol Anger

Violinist, fiddler, composer, producer and educator; plays the London 5-String Acoustic Electric Violin, as well as the Bartig Octave Short Scale (octave-mandolin-tuned tenor ukulele). darolanger.com

“...the tone from the London5's pickup was the best I've ever gotten out of any violin pickup.”

Jake Armerding

Boston singer-songwriter-violinist, Jake plays his Old No. 54 with octave tuning. stickshiftrecords.com

Raphael Armin

Jazz / electronica / breakbeat artist of the Netherlands.

Alice Backer

Teacher of fiddle and violin.

Emily Baker

Fiddler, vocalist, and music therapist; half of The Bakers - String Duo.

Chris Becknell

Violinist with the dark folk band, Murzik.

“Just wanted you to know I used my London 5 string last night to accompany The James Sewell Ballet Company in a Valentine's Day Dance Show! I was able to play the Saint-Saens piece “The Swan" from the Carnival of the Animals in its original 'cello' register because of the 5 string!”

Dave Bernard

Fiddler with the Santa Cruz, CA bluegrass band, The Intangibillies.

Colleen Bertsch

Folk violinist and a founding member of Orkestar Bez Ime, Colleen also regularly performs with the Ethnic Dance Theater and Szászka String Band.

Danielle Bishop

Fiddler, currently with Whitewater Bluegrass Co. daniellebishop.com

Ernest Bisong

Violinist, performer, and teacher. ernestbisong.com

Ben Blechman

Violinist, teacher, studio musician, and recording engineer. Performs with the new acoustic chamber ensemble, Terracoustic.

Dalinda Bohr

Orchestra, guitar, and music technology teacher at Central Dauphin East High School, and an instructor of violin and viola at the Community Music Institute, Lebanon Valley College.

Mike Broderick

Fiddler with Aurora Celtic.

Ray Bruckman

Fiddlin' Ray - performer, composer, educator.

Sam Bush

Sam Bush Band. sambush.com

Sue Buzzard

Freelance violinist performing traditional folk songs, jazz swing tunes, and original compositions, bridging the jazz and classical worlds with her acoustic string music. suebuzzard.com

Jonathan Castillo

Belgian and rambling fiddler, ethnomusicologist, and video producer; performs in Duo dLC.

Guilhem Cavaillé

Fiddler with the traditional Irish music band out of France, Doolin’.

Bill Cheatem

Aka Gregg Shelton, fiddler with Best Day.

Christine Collister

Professional violinist and violist, currently performing with Munn Park Saints.

Lee Corbie-Wells

Currently playing fiddle and singing in a Scandinavian-bluegrass-contra band called Kaptain Bottletop. She also teaches violin and guitar in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Laura Cortese

Folk, post-folk, indie-pop artist, and founder of Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards.

“My [London] 5 string is my primary instrument on the new album. Pretty exciting!”

Eva Cottin

Netherlands violinist and composer.

Susan Cronick

Fiddler with The Hand-Picked Bluegrass Band.

Samantha Cunningham

Multi-instrumentalist, currently studying traditional music at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University, and active in several bands including her own, Firegate 33.

Josh Dampier

Fiddler and teacher.

Zoë Darrow

Fiddler and step dancer.

John Donahoe

A freelance musician performing in a wide variety of styles including jazz, blues, country, Americana and bluegrass at numerous Tennessee & New England venues. johndonahoemusic.com

Michael Doucet

Fiddler, composer, and founder of the premier Cajun band, BeauSoleil.

Mary DuShane

Performer, teacher, and fiddler with the DL Cajun Trio, and the Moonlight Duo. Mary is also our DuShane violins' namesake! marydushane.com

Serena Eades

One half of the Canadian bicycle-traveling duo, Sostenuto , and touring with Delhi 2 Dublin (featuring an electronic fusion of bhangra beats and Celtic fiddle).

Francis Elliott

Instructor of violin and viola at The Music Academy in Crossville, Tennessee.

Benji Flaming

Twin Cities musician; plays one of Gary's octave-mandolin-tuned tenor ukuleles (the Bartig Octave Short Scale). Watch and listen to Benji on YouTube.

Bo Frazer

Florida musician playing the Dahlia5 in his band, Smokin Bo Frazer.

Lisa Fuglie

Musician, vocalist, songwriter and educator; plays fiddle and mandolin with Monroe Crossing.

Becky Gaunt

Fiddle player, vocalist, and conductor. Fiddler with The Okee Dokee Brothers. beckygaunt.org

Seth Gilliard

Contemporary violinist.

Matt Glaser

Founder of the Berklee College of Music String Department, and currently artistic director of the American Roots Music Program, Matt has played with a wide range of musicians, from Yo-Yo Ma to Bob Dylan to Ralph Stanley.

“Gary has the most extraordinary instruments! He has really put his finger on the needs of a community of musicians, and is offering wonderful instruments that have (justifiably) taken over the scene here at Berklee. Gary's instruments sound incredible, and they have these gorgeous pickups inside, so that the instruments can be played either acoustically or electrically, (or both! ) in a variety of settings. I have watched as many great students here at Berklee have realized the superiority of these instruments, and gotten one for themselves. This has been facilitated by the fact that these beautifully made, gorgeous looking, and wonderful sounding instruments are very reasonably priced, so that college students (not the richest people on earth!) are able to buy them. Bravo to Gary and Karen and their company, Acoustic Electric Strings, for their incredible instruments, and for providing such an important service to this amazing new generation of bowed string players.”

Barb Goodlet

With the acoustic revival band, Cattail Moon.

Jim Grady

Fiddler with the southern rock / alt country / bluegrass band, Buckshot Betty.

Jessy Greene

Electronica / rock / trip hop. Currently producing music with her bands, Fauntella Crow, and Songs for Pirates. Most recently performing with Dave Grohl’s "Sound City Players", Jessy also toured with Pink's world tour in 2009, and with the Foo Fighters in 2007 and 2008 (congrats on her performance and award appearance with the Foo Fighters at the 2008 Grammy Awards!!!). jessygreenemusic.com

Larry Gregerson

Fiddler with the Whiskey Jacks, playing original high desert swing, jazz and blues.

About his Dahlia5, Larry says: “I love it! The instrument has just the right medium tone (not too dark...not too bright) that I was looking for and the amplified sound is beautifully authentic.”

Joshua Grice

Plays fiddle with the Oly Mountain Boys, and "violin" with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra.

Glen Harrell

Fiddler, vocalist and founder of the bluegrass band, Volume Five.

Dylan Hawf

Fiddler with the traditional bluegrass and old time gospel group, The Hawf Family Stringband.

Of his new Dahlia 5-string, Dylan says “Have done several hours of picking at a festival, played an indoor gig, and outdoor and I love it in all aspects. Thanks for an excellent fiddle.”

Heide Hille

Freelance violinist playing classical, improv, rock violin, celtic and country music; as well as a music instructor in the Phoenix, AZ area. heidehille.com

Tanya Huang

New Orleans fiddler with the duo Tanya and Dorise. tanyandorise.com

Sarah Hubbard

Multigenre violinist. sarahhubbardmusic.com

Michelle Hudson

Orchestra director and music educator.

Chuck Hugenberg

Colorado fiddler and teacher.

“Thanks for helping me find my new number 1!”

Tchoupy Hylaris

Primary strings teacher at the music school in Cap-Haitian, the most highly trained luthier in Haiti, and the sole orchestra teacher for hundreds of strings students in northern Haiti.

Sumaia Jackson

Classically trained fiddler now studying a wide variety of musical styles at Berklee College of Music, a member of Wrong is Right, and also performing with Jayme Stone’s Folklife.

Dylan James

Eluxir Music

Peter Johnson

Currently in the Popular Music program at the University of Southern California, and a composer and studio violinist. pljmusic.com

Maria Jones

fiddler and step dancer.

Amanda Kerr

Fiddler and educator. amandakerrmusic.com

Jeremy Kittel

Violinist, fiddler, composer, improviser. Currently touring internationally with his name-sake group, the Jeremy Kittel Band. jeremykittel.com

Alexey Kochetkov

Berlin based violinist, composer and music producer. Founder of the Arabic-Oriental music ensemble, Berlin Oriental Group, and - his current project - 5 Strings Theory. alexeyviolin.com

Mark Kreitzer

Musician, teacher, author. Founder of The Mark Kreitzer Band. markkreitzer.com

“My Dahlia5 has a full, rich tone and plenty of volume. The fifth string had always intrigued me, and now that I have one, I can't imagine going back.”

Richard Kriehn

Former mandolinist with A Prairie Home Companion's house band and The Guys All Star Shoe Band, and currently mandolinist and fiddler with numerous bands including Lush Country, Pat Donohue and the Prairie All-Stars, and Two Girls & a Boyd. facebook

Ryan Lappi

Fiddler with Wildwood Roots Band.

John Lardinois

Violinist, recording artist and educator. Currently performing with several bands, including the Celtic groups, Dulahan, and Father Son and Friends.

Bridget Law

Fiddler with TIERRO with Bridget Law, and a member of the former band, Elephant Revival. fb.com/fiddlinbridget/

Sharan Leventhal

Soloist, chamber musician and educator. Sharan tours with The Gramercy Trio, teaches at The Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University, and has served on the faculties of Michigan State University and Berklee College of Music.

Brune Macary

Performing and teaching violin and viola in the Boulder, Colorado area. fb.com/macaryb

Quentin Marsh

Currently performs with the traditional Celtic/folk band, Father Son and Friends.

Jackie Martin

Music educator.

Juan Carlos Martinez

Violinist, composer and arranger, and member of the Costa Rican tango quintet, Quinteto Libertango.

James Mason

Fiddler, educator and bow-maker, performs gypsy jazz with the ensembles, Everything’s Jake, and Swing Papillon.

John McCutcheon

American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist, John now plays one of our DuShane Deluxe 4-string violins. folkmusic.com

“I’m having a ball with the fiddle!”

Lela Miatke

Playing fiddle with her dad and sister in their family band, Rainy and the Rattlesnakes.

Adam Moe

Fiddler with the folky-tonk duo, Pushing Chain.

Eric Mohring

Fiddle and mandolin player, performs with the Cajun band, The New Riverside Ramblers, as well as with Café Accordion Orchestra.

Bruce Molsky

Guitar, fiddle, and banjo musician and educator. brucemolsky.com

“I've been enjoying my London fiddle a whole lot. You know I sing and play at the same time, and it's turned into a great instrument for that. I've been talking it up to folks at shows and my students at Berklee (a couple of them have shown up with your 5-string models in the last couple of months). Hope all's well with you...”

Diego Mondragon

Jazz violinist performing acoustic-jazz, Latin-Jazz, flamenco and romance throughout California and abroad. diegomondragon.com

Iyanna Monique

Solo UK violinist. iyannamonique.com

Richard Moody

Canadian violinist / violist, and writer / performer with groups such as The Bills, The Wailin Jennys, and Woody Holler and his Orchestra. richardmoody.ca

Emily Moore

Berklee College of Music alumnus and violinist in the alternative violin scene. emilymooremusic.com

“I LOVE my instrument, by the way! As a freelance violinist here in LA, I play it on average 2-3 times a week plugged in and use it acoustically on the majority of my gigs and recording sessions.”

Tom Morley

Educator, violinist; currently playing his London 5-String with the progressive Celtic band, Mithril, and his duo - banna de dhá. thefiddlecenter.com

Adrian Mui

Irish fiddle player and teacher at The Academy of Irish Music in Chicago. adrianmui.com

Chris Murphy

Violinist, composer, band leader. chrismurphymusic.com

Niall Murphy

Irish fiddler, session musician and recording engineer. Plays fiddle in the Irish traditional, English folk, and country & bluegrass circles, and is a member of Breaking Trad, The Roots Revival, Doolin’, and Cara Dillon’s band, among others. fb.com/pg/niallmurphymusic

Niall's review of the Dahlia5: “At first glance the Dahlia5 is a thing of beauty, it sits in your hand just perfectly, the neck is lovely to hold and string spacing is spot on. Acoustically this thing really sings, plenty of power and projection over all 5 strings, which most 5 strings lack. Plugged in, it is sublime. Loads of bottom end and sweet in the higher register - a fabulous pickup. I highly recommend this to anyone after a fiddle for jamming on stage, off stage or in the studio. Thanks Gary!”

Betsy Neil

Fiddler, composer, teacher. Betsy plays her AES London violin with numerous folk, bluegrass and Cajun bands, including Bayou Grenouille.

Sean Neukom

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, and audio engineer. Founding member of the Beo String Quartet.

John Niemann

Currently performing with Twin Cities bluegrass band King Wilkie's Dream.

Dominic Orrico

Multi-instrumentalist playing several AES instruments including his DuShane and Dahlia5 violins. And, as Gary's friend, he offers frequent encouragement and support!

EJ Ouellette

Americana, rock and folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, as well as producer/engineer, arranger and teacher. ejouellette.com

Zach Ovington

New England singer and multi-instrumentalist. zachovington.weebly.com

Duane Padilla

Musician extraordinaire! Teaches, and plays his London 5-String - among many other instruments - out of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Owen Pallett

Canadian composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist. Owen Pallett

Kathleen Parks

Violinist, songwriter, composer. Performs original music all around the Boston and Cambridge area with her band, Cat and the Moon, as well as the bluegrass band composed of Berklee College of Music members, Twisted Pine. kathleenparksmusic.com

Joe Patterson

Plays his London 4-String, among other instruments, out of Portland, OR.

“Your pickup system is the best we've come across.”

Enion Pelta-Tiller

Five-string violinist, composer and founding member of the indie-gypsy chamber folk group, Taarka.

Linda Peng

Has a YouTube channel called Violin Covers, where she often features her AES 4-string violin.

Anthony Phipps

Director of Music at Broadbeach State School and Artistic Director of Gold Coast Choir, Queensland, Australia; plays a London 5-String Acoustic Electric Violin.

“You have made my year! It even sounds better than I thought it would.”

Catie Jo Pidel

Fiddler, currenlty playing original swissicana folk music with a bluegrass drive, in Caludo, based in Zurich, Switzerland.

James Plattes

Violinist, instructor and creator of the Violin-A-Gram. wildgypsy.com

Robbi Podrug

With the Minnesota based bluegrass band, King Wilkie's Dream.

Tom Pritchard

Itinerant string teacher, and fiddler with the Dave Matthews tribute band, Dancing Nancy.

Sam Proctor

Traditional session musician, recording engineer and producer, plays fiddle with CrossHarbour and Doolin'.

Tony Pyrzakowski

Australian fiddler. fb.com/tony.pyrzakowski

Rhona Reagen

Suzuki method violin and viola teacher. suzukimaven.com

Rachel Reichert

Freelance fiddler currently based in Colorado, playing Americana, traditional bluegrass and classical music. rachelreichertmusic.jimdofree.com

Russ Rentler

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. russrentler.com

Nancy Richardson

Music educator, and violist with The Bohemian Quartet.

Tom Schaefer

Jazz, swing, Irish, old-time fiddler and recording artist extraordinaire. Currently playing with Honky Tonk Jump, among many other gigs.

Lauren Schloemer

Vocalist and fiddle player, performing with the progressive bluegrass, jazz and Americana band, Hickory Robot.

Preston Schmidt

Fiddler and audio engineer/producer, currently performing with Sheriff Scott & The Deputies.

Clay Scott

Fiddler, and creator / producer of Mountain West Voices.

Mary Seim

Hardanger fiddler, Oslo, Norway.

Ramon Selby

Fiddler in the Seattle, Washington area.

From Ramon: “Spent several hours with musician friends yesterday showing off my new London5. Did our own live test of the sounds both acoustic and plugged in and no one could tell the difference. AES London 5 and AER Compact 60 make an unbeatable combination. The warm sound I asked for could not have come through better. All present just loved it. Thank you both for your help over the last few weeks. This has been a marvelous experience.”

Rick Shields

NYC fiddler performing with Paul Mills (aka Poez) and folk singer Peter Stampfel.

“Really liking the #54. Acoustically, it's great....fat, warm and powerful, just as advertised, and electrically without a preamp, it sounds excellent...lots of low end and sounds distinct and full in the upper registers. I wish I had one of these years ago. Thank you!”

Gabriel Silvay

Multi-instrumentalist out of Slovakia, and co-founder of Silband, merging folk acoustic instruments with a modern musical style.

Chris Silver

Multi-instrumentalist performing solo and with the Chris Silver Band.

Coleman Smith

Educator, and fiddler with Rapidgrass Quintet. reverbnation.com/musician/colemansmith

Dan Smith (aka Dahlia Dan)

Orchestra director of Westlake Middle School, Lombard, Illinois.

“Having a wonderful time with my baby Dahlia. I play it almost every day, during orchestra classes at school and in the evening exploring the possibilities of this unique instrument.”

AJ Srubas

Fiddler and instructor; currently playing with Minneapolis-based Steam Machine, and Hello Heartache, among several other bands.

Nancy Steinberger

Fiddler, composer and instructor at Swallow Hill Music. nancyfiddle.com

Rosanna Stokes

New Morning Sky.

David Sutton

Violinist and founding member of the former Electric String Quartet; David plays a London 5-String Acoustic Electric Violin. davidgeraldsutton.com

Ilana Thomas

Concert and wedding violinist, and violin educator. sfweddingviolinist.com

Vicky Triola

Violist, violinist, educator. victoriatriola.weebly.com

Giulio Venier

Our very first Skype customer, from the Friuli region of northeastern Italy. giuliovenier3.wixsite.com/ilmiosito

“Ciao dear Karen and Gary !
I am so happy !
I named my London 5 Minnie .... from Minneapolis .
Ok it's a joke coming from the instrument's provenance !
I am playing it everywhere !!!
I tested in concert the mic and jack ... and in another situation only the pickup ... one time with my effects also ....
Everything superb !!!!
Thank you so much again !!!!”

Pop Wagner

Modern-day cowboy, reknowned singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler and poet. popwagner.com

John Wallace

Old-time fiddle and banjo performer and instructor.

Zosha Warpeha

Violinist and composer, currently studying at Norges musikkhøgskole. fb.com/zosha.warpeha

Jeremy Waterman

Violin and viola teacher, violist, and chamber musiciance out of Portland, OR.

John Whitehead

Twin Cities singer-songwriter; plays a Bartig Octave Short Scale (octave-mandolin-tuned tenor ukulele), among his instruments.

Christine Whyatt

Educator, and former director of the Young Fiddlers Association. Read Why Not Five? (PDF), Christine Whyatt's article on 5-string violins in the Winter 06/07 issue of String Notes, the journal of the Minnesota String & Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA).

“The Dahlia5 is a wonderful tool for improvising and for teaching. Purchasing a five-string instrument has renewed my interest in playing and has motivated me to explore new ideas and create new sounds.”

Eldridge Wisely

Violin / fiddle teacher in the Tucson, AZ area, playing in the band, 3 Penny Balladeers. eldridgefiddlelessons.wordpress.com

“I played my Dahlia5 for a pub gig last Friday and it sounded great through the PA system. Thank you so much for picking the perfect instrument for me and for answering all of my amplification questions! Thanks again for my dream fiddle!”

Ryan Young

Fiddler with Trampled By Turtles.