About David James and Kim Hoffmann


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Write: djames@tiompanalley.com


David James, 2002 (three-time) All-Ireland Champion, is the first American ever to win solo All-Ireland Championships on the hammered dulcimer, at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Sligo in 1989 and then Listowel, in Ireland, in 1995 and 2002. He was featured in the official Fleadh 1995 video. He was the U.S. National Hammered Dulcimer Champion in 1986. He also plays fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, banjo, concertina, sings, and writes songs. He has taught Irish dulcimer in workshops and master classes from coast to coast, the first to pioneer many unique techniques on that instrument. In 1989 he was awarded a Master Folk Artist Fellowship by the Indiana Arts Commission. David’s latest album CD, entitled The Lone Man’s Path, was released June 2002, featuring 11 tunes (three of which are his own compositions) and 7 songs (3 of his own), with David on vocal, hammered dulcimer, fiddle, keyboards, bouzouki, guitar and accordeon, joined by Kim Hoffmann on vocals, bodhrán and whistle, Ethan James and Dan Broder on guitars.. He teaches fiddle, dulcimer, bodhrán (Irish drum) and whistle at Lesson Factory Chicago, and at various placesin South Bend, Indiana, where he also makes his home.


Kim Hoffmann plays tin whistle, bodhrán, guitar, fiddle, and sings. Kim is the 1998 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil champion on the tin whistle, and a former first place winner in Singing in English, Slow Airs, Trio and Bodhrán competitions. Kim was a finalist in 1995 in Ireland at the All-Ireland Championships in the Tin Whistle, Tin Whistle Slow Airs, and the Women’s singing categories. She was a finalist in the 2002 Listowel (Ireland) Fleadh Cheoil in Women’s Singing and on piano with the Chicago Ceili Band. She teaches workshops at festival events on tin whistle and bodhrán. Kim is also an award-winning visual artist, and lives in South Bend, Indiana. She was among five persons nominated for 1993 Woman of the Year in the Arts by the South Bend YWCA. She was an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant winner in 2000. Kim is the host of the popular WSND-FM radio show, Celtic Traditions, every Wednesday night from 10PM 'til midnight.



Kim and David bring together an amazing variety of instrumental and vocal talent, and have “sessioned” and performed together for over fifteen years. They have appeared at parks, clubs, coffee houses and festival events all over the Midwest; for the Lansing, Kalamazoo and Grand River, Michigan, folk arts associations. St. Xavier’s Irish Fest, for Irish-American Ceili dances in Chicago and the Quad Cities, at the Winfield, Kansas Walnut Valley Festival, the Indianapolis Irish Fest, and on campus at the University of Notre Dame home games, in many night clubs in Chicago, the Irish-American Heritage Center and Gaelic Park, and with the Tunes of Erin Ceili Band for four seasons at the Milwaukee Irish Fest and at the Chicago Irish Fest.


Hear them live!


Mursheen Durkin/Martin O’Connor’s – Kim: vocals, guitar, David: vocals, dulcimer, Rick Willey: lead vocals, fiddle, – a rollicking Irish polka-beat song and tune, recorded at Front Porch Music, Valparaiso, Indiana

Lambs in the Green HillsKim: vocals, David: dulcimer, Rick Willey: fiddle – a beautiful slow air on a classic theme of “courting too slow”




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