About Us

Who is the Tennessee Fiddle Ensemble?

Jim Wood

Jim Wood

Jim Wood cut his teeth on the old-time music of his hometown of Fairview, Tennessee where his father, championship guitarist Jimmy Wood, was heavily involved in the local grassroots musical scene.  He holds fourteen state championship titles on fiddle and mandolin (including five times the Tennessee State Fiddle Champion) and the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award, and he was presented the Outstanding Achievement Award by governor Ned McWherter for his work in preserving the traditions of Tennessee.  He was the founder of the Tennessee Fiddle Orchestra and has taught private students since 1980 (thirty-four of his students have won national and/or state championships).  He spent decades in the Nashville studio and live scene working with celebrities too numerous to mention and opened his own professional studio in 1993 where he produces projects for indy artists.  He has published nine instructional videos with Homespun Tapes (Hal Leonard) and the Murphy Method (Mel Bay) and writes a regular column for Fiddler Magazine.

  • Fiddle
  • Viola
  • Tenor Violin
  • Cello
  • Mandolin
  • Mandocello

Jim Wood

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John Boulware

John Boulware, from Kimball, Tennessee, comes from a family of fiddlers and the deep musical traditions of the Cumberland Plateau where he made a connection in his youth to the old-time fiddle tunes and bluegrass songs of his region.  His multi-instrumental skills have garnered state championship titles in both Tennessee and Alabama on fiddle and mandolin as well as the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award.  In addition to the Tennessee Fiddle Ensemble, he records and performs with the Hamilton County Ramblers and has been guest soloist with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra (with Alison Brown), the Tennessee Fiddle Orchestra, and the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra.  His commitment to music education with private students and at workshops such as Jay Ungar’s Ashokan Camp has been steadfast, and he is formally the director of the Folk School of Chattanooga.

  • Fiddle
  • Tenor Violin
  • Mandolin
  • Bass

John

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Inge Wood

Inge Wood, a native of Escazu, Costa Rica (where she studied classical piano), came to the United States in her late teens and soon became involved in the folk music and fiddle traditions of Tennessee.  She has been deeply committed to helping others in her community to learn music and its transformational power through her work with her husband, Jim Wood, at their Jim and Inge Wood School of Music and as the director of the Tennessee Fiddle Orchestra.  She holds state championship accompanist titles in Kentucky and Alabama, and as a vocalist and multi-instrumental accompanist she provides the perfect foil for the fiddle-centric TFE.  She has been guest soloist with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra and also performs sean-nos dance.

  • Fiddle
  • Viola
  • Tenor Violin
  • Guitar
  • Bouzouki
  • Mandolin

Inge Wood

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Ben Ayers

Ben Ayers, from Winchester, Tennessee, is a graduate of the prestigious Middle Tennessee State University music business program where he studied jazz guitar and songwriting.  He has cut deep inroads into the fiddle music and folksong heritage indigenous to Middle Tennessee as well as drawing inspiration from other styles such as Celtic music and rock.  He brings not only his arranging and compositional talents but his considerable multi-instrumental skills (mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, tenor banjo, and bass) to the TFE.

  • Mandolin
  • Bouzouki
  • Guitar
  • Bass

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