"Welcome, and thanks for popping by the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group's web site! If you come to one of our gigs, do say hello as we love meeting people like us who are enthusiasts about traditional folk music. Hope you enjoy browsing our web site in the meantime."
Iveta Hlavenkova, Leader of the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group
Whether you're a musician looking to join a folk group in Leeds, or an event organiser wanting to hire a folk music band for a gig, you have the confidence of knowing that the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group is a well-established and experienced band, having been formed in 2010.
Have a look at examples of the group's extensive repertoire of folk music and some of the gigs that the group has performed at. The Latest News page shows where the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group will be playing next.
Leeds Folk Fiddle Group performing at Kirkstall Festival, Leeds, 2018
Leader of the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group
Originally from the Czech Republic which has a strong folk music heritage, Iveta has extended her passion for central European folk music to Irish, Scottish, English and Celtic folk tunes as well Bluegrass, Klezmer, Gypsy, Sevdah, Tango and French folk music. Have a look at a selection of the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group's repertoire to see the huge variety of folk music performed by the group.
Iveta has been teaching the violin in Leeds for over 10 years. As the Principal of Leeds Violin School, Iveta teaches classical violin to students of all ages, and brings this experience to the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group, using her skill as a violin teacher to coach members of the group in the playing of traditional folk music.
Iveta Hlavenkova, violin teacher and leader of the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group
Students who wish to concentrate on improving their folk fiddle playing still further are welcome to take individual lessons with Iveta. Lessons can be devoted entirely to learning folk fiddle skills, or can be combined with classical violin technique. Students who aspire to join the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group but are not experienced at the folk fiddle style of playing can be helped to learn the correct techniques so that they can join the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group when ready.
There is always room for enthusiastic new members of any age - go to the Come Join! page to see the sort of player the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group is looking for. Rhythm instrumentalists are welcome as well as violinists.
The Leeds Folk Fiddle Group performs at a wide variety of venues, from large events like the Kirkstall Festival to pub gigs and farmers' markets. See the Bookings page if you are interested in hiring the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group.
Leeds Folk Fiddle Group at Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, Leeds