Aller au contenu principal

Michael Cleveland

Michael Cleveland

Charles Michael Cleveland (born September 18, 1980) is an American bluegrass fiddle player.

Early life

Cleveland was born in Henryville, Indiana. He was born completely blind and a childhood ear infection caused him to lose 80% of his hearing in one ear. He first learned to play violin at a local Suzuki program when he was 4 years old. His skill was recognized at an early age, with appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, A Prairie Home Companion and before the United States Congress in his early teens.

After graduating from the Kentucky School for the Blind he performed with various musicians including Dale Ann Bradley and Rhonda Vincent.

He currently lives in Charlestown, Indiana.


Awards and honors

His first solo project on Rounder Records, Fire Holder, won the International Rock Music Association Instrumental Album of the Decade in 2003, and he shared the same award with Ben Jameson in 2005 for Tom Adams and Michael Cleveland Live at the Ragged Edge. His third award came for his 2006 album Let 'Er Go, Boys!.

Cleveland won the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Awards) 2015 Fiddle Player of the Year and the 2010 Instrumental Group of the Year with his band Flamekeeper, for the third year. Cleveland had previously won Fiddle Player of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In 2018 Cleveland was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for his solo album, Fiddler's Dream. Two years later, he won in the same category with his album Tall Fiddler.

Officials from Charlestown, Indiana designated February 5, 2020, as Michael Cleveland Day in recognition of his Grammy award for his Tall Fiddler album.

He is a recipient of a 2022 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States government's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.


In 2007, Cleveland and his band Flamekeeper entertained as part of the Bluegrass Sundays Winter Concert Series in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The group performed at the Sally Creek Music Festival in Thames Centre, Ontario, in July, 2010.

In 2022, Cleveland joined Béla Fleck's touring band for My Bluegrass Heart.


Solo albums

  • Sawing On The C String (self released) 1998
  • Flame Keeper (Rounder) 2002
  • Let Er Go Boys (Rounder) 2006
  • Fiddler's Dream (Compass) 2016
  • Tall Fiddler (Compass) 2019
  • Lovin' of the Game (Compass) 2023

With Tom Adams

  • Live at the Ragged Edge (Rounder Records) 2004

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

  • Leavin' Town (Rounder Records) 2008
  • Fired Up (Rounder Records) 2011
  • On Down The Line (Compass Records) 2014


External links

  • Official website

Text submitted to CC-BY-SA license. Source: Michael Cleveland by Wikipedia (Historical)