​​​​​​​ Haley Richardson
      About Haley Richardson....
Haley Richardson is a virtuosic musician, whose talents extend to the fields of both classical and Irish traditional music. With her highly ornamented Sligo style perfected under the tutelage of fiddler Brian Conway, Haley has garnered a number of prestigious awards and honors, including multiple championships at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (All Ireland) in Ireland, numerous MidAtlantic Championships, and the coveted Junior (2015) and Senior (2018) Fiddler Of Dooney awards. ​

A year after asking to learn the violin at age two, Haley began Suzuki violin lessons. Her enthusiasm and love of playing was quickly recognized. She began lessons with Gerry Rice of Haddonfield NJ who remained her teacher until fall 2015. Haley currently studies classical violin with Madison Day of Audobon, NJ. Before her 5th birthday, Haley fell in love with Irish music inspired by fiddler Kevin Burke during a live performance. She began learning fiddle tunes from Kevin's How to Play Celtic Fiddle DVD and by playing along to his CD when riding in the car. Formal study of Irish fiddle began with Kathy DeAngelo of Voorhees, NJ in August of 2007. In July 2009, after winning her first MidAtlantic under 12 Irish fiddle competition at just six years old, she met fiddling legend, Brian Conway, who became her teacher a couple months later. By April 2017, Haley was a 9X MidAtlantic Regional fiddle champion. She has placed numerous times in the All Ireland competition in both solo fiddle, fiddle slow airs, and trio competitions.

Whether performing in a solo capacity or in an ensemble, Haley brings a rare dynamism and energy to her music, which is informed by her thorough knowledge of the form, her mastery of her instrument, and the absolutely trailblazing and show-stopping technique and emotion evident in every note she plays. She has performed with many of the most well-known names in Irish music today including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Pride of New York, Liz Carroll with Cherish the Ladies, John Whelan, Paddy Keenan, The Máirtín de Cógáin Project. Haley is a member of Green Fields of American and The John Whelan Band.  She has also participated as the band fiddler in the Studio2Stage Irish dance production, That's Dancing, from 2014-2017. She  currently performs regularly with one of two trios, Shared Madness  and Mothers' Pride.

John Whelan has been a wonderful mentor to Haley.  He  recorded and produced Haley's debut CD, Heart on a String, in March 2015. Haley also appeared on two tracks as part of  Andy Lamy's Mixed Flock on his CD, The New Blackthorn Stick.  In March 2017, Haley released a CD she produced entitled Music for Mercy, a compilation CD featuring donated tracks from many of the best Irish musicians under 21 years old from around the world. All proceeds from the CD benefit the Mercy Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.