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A Grammy nominee, recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and winner of Washington Area Music Awards “Best Traditional Folk Instrumentalist,” Andrea Hoag is a highly-respected performer of Swedish folk fiddling and of a broad variety of fiddle styles. Her music has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Performance Today, at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, and at numerous venues around the U.S. and abroad. Known for her versatility and imagination, Andrea’s recordings range from the Grammy-nominated Hambo in the Snow to the Celtic Christmas album Cold Frosty Morning at West River. The first American to graduate from the Folk Violin Pedagogy program at Malungs Folkhögskola (Sweden), Andrea also studied with elder tradition-bearers Pekkos Gustaf and Nils Agenmark. She is founder and director of Freyda’s Hands, a non-profit organization devoted to collaboration in the performing arts, and member of the cross-cultural Dovetail Ensemble.

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