I was born in Bayou Vista, Louisiana and raised in Lafayette by musicians and storytellers from Mamou. Over the years I have built my repertoire and learned an old style of playing which is evident in my sound today.
When I was 12 I started playing the cello and at 15 I began playing the fiddle. By 17 I was touring and performing with Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy and DL Menard. At 18 and 19 I did two tours of Masters of the Folk Violin featuring Natalie McMaster and Kenny Baker.
During my career I’ve performed with Richard Thompson, Natalie Merchant, and Mary Chapin-Carpenter to name a few. In addition, I have played alongside Louisiana greats such as George Porter, Charles Neville, Canray Fontenot, Wade Frugé, Michael Doucet, Steve Riley, and Zachary Richard.
Since 2008 I have performed on four Grammy Nominated albums. In 2009 I was awarded a Grammy with BeauSoleil for the album “Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival”.
Of course I’m also a Traditional Music Instructor. Besides offering private lessons, group classes, and online fiddle breakdowns I have taught at Fiddle Camps hosted by Jay Ungar, Mark O’Connor, and Louisiana Folk Roots. In addition I have worked with the Smithsonian Institution Office of Folklife Programs in Louisiana schools as well as International conferences since 1989.
I recently retired from 11 years on the road with BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and moved from Louisiana to Maine with my wife and our family. I now travel between my two Music Academies proudly passing on the unwritten tradition of Cajun fiddling and storytelling, while drawing connections between the cultures of Acadia and Acadiana.
- Kevin Burke – Irish Fiddle, 2008
- Frankie Gavin – Irish Fiddle, 2004
- Brendan Mulvihill – Irish Fiddle, 1994
- Del Russ – Irish Fiddle, 1992
- Eileen Ivers – Irish Fiddle, 1990
- Wade Frugé – Cajun Fiddle, 1988-1989
- Canray Fontenot – Creole Fiddle, 1988-1989
- Mitch Reed Music Lessons – 2014 to Present – Online fiddle breakdowns, master classes, and instructional materials available online at MitchReedMusicLessons.com
- The Front Room, Scott, LA – March 2008 to August 2018 – Co-owner & Co-coordinator – Group and private lessons in a variety of styles and instruments for students of all ages and abilities.
- University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA – 2013 to 2015 – Adjunct Professor – Cajun Ensemble Director under The Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music.
- Louisiana Folk Roots Cajun & Creole Summer Camp for Kids, Lafayette, LA – 2009 to Present – Advanced Fiddle Instructor – Instruct students ages 8-14 in traditional Cajun music at a week long day camp.
- Louisiana Folk Roots Dewey Balfa Cajun & Creole Heritage Week, Ville Platte, LA – 2003 to 2014, 2018 – Beginner/Intermediate Fiddle Instructor – Instruct students of all ages in traditional Cajun music.
- Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp, Charleston, SC – 2008 & 2009 – Cajun Fiddle Instructor – Instruct students of all ages in traditional Cajun music.
- Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp, Olivebridge, NY – 2001 to 2006, 2017 – Cajun/Creole Fiddle Instructor – Instruct students of all ages in traditional Cajun and Creole music, as well as band labs.
- Augusta Heritage Fiddle Camp, Elkins, WV – 1994-2001 – Cajun/Creole Fiddle Instructor – Instruct students of all ages in traditional Cajun and Creole music.
- Smithsonian Institution Office of Folklife Programs – Florida Keys Traditional Music Festival, Marathon, FL – National Council for the Traditional Arts – 2011 & 2012 – Performed with Michael and David Doucet to spearhead an American roots music festival.
- Local Learning Lafayette, Lafayette, LA – The National Network for Folk Arts in Education – 2009-2012 – Partnered with teachers at L.J.Alleman Middle School to incorporate folk arts and formal education.
- Festival of American Folklife, Washington, DC – Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage – 1998 – Performed for two weeks with Dewey Balfa as a representative of contemporary Cajun culture on The National Mall.
- Masters of the Folk Violin, North American Tour – Sponsored by the National Council for the Traditional Arts – 1994 & 1995 – This tour highlighted Irish, Cape Breton, bluegrass, jazz/blues, Cajun and Western long bow fiddle styles and featured artists such as Brendan Mulvihill, Natalie McMaster, Kenny Baker and Michael Doucet.
Cajun Bands & Awards
- Lessons.com – 2018 – Best Guitar Teacher
- Times of Acadiana – 2018 – Best Music School
- Cajun French Music Association – 2015 – Appreciation Award
- Acadiana Center for the Arts – 2014 – ArtSpark Award Grant
- BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet – 2006 to Present – Fiddle & Bass – 2009 Grammy Award Recipients; 2010 Grammy Award Nominees
- Racines – 2005 to Present – Bass & Second Fiddle – 2010 Grammy Award Nominees
- Charivari – 1997 to 2006 – Band Leader & Lead Fiddle
- Mamou Prairie Band – 1996 – Bass & Second Fiddle
- Balfa Toujour – 1995 – Bass & Second Fiddle
- Tasso – 1992 to 1994 – Lead Fiddle
- McCauley, Reed, Vidrine – 1990-1991 – Lead Fiddle -1992 Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) Award for the Preservation of Traditional Cajun Music