Stuart HardyStewart Hardy is one of the most exciting fiddle players in the North East of England. Love for traditional music shines through his repertoire and influences his own compositions. He was Folkworks’ Artist in residence for the national Year of the Artist millennium project and lead the SNAP05 project with Eiwor Kjellberg from Sweden and Yann Dour from Brittany. He is a core tutor on Newcastle University’s Folk degree course.

Stewart spent six years as an influential member of the very popular John Wright Band, performing throughout Europe. He has also performed throughout the world playing traditional folk, pop, rock, jazz, country and western swing music. He has partnered many other musicians  (Jed Grimes, George Welch, Frank McLaughlin)  in Folk Clubs and festivals the length and breadth of Europe. Stewart is much in demand as a session player and fiddle tutor, teaching at Folkworks summer schools, Strings at Whitney, Celtic Connections and other projects throughout the country including his own workshops organised through JSARTS. Try Googling the name, you’ll be surprised at how many CDs he has guested on