Dirk Powell


"I learned clawhammer banjo directly from my grandfather and have that style of banjo going back as far as mid-1800s or earlier in my family. I would like to share this deep heritage with you.” Dirk

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Dirk Powell

Dirk Powell is a musician with deep roots in several rural American traditions. He's considered one of the world's leading experts on traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo styles.

He learned banjo and fiddle from his Kentucky grandfather, James Clarence Hay, and has been a part of the thriving Cajun/Creole music community in Louisiana since his early 20s.

He has toured and recorded with musicians such as Eric Clapton, Joan Baez, Buddy Miller, Jack White, Loretta Lynn, and Levon Helm, while his contribution to film has found him collaborating with directors like Anthony Minghella ("Cold Mountain"), Ang Lee ("Ride with the Devil"), and Spike Lee ("Bamboozled").

His solo records, which often combine a traditional foundation with a wide-ranging commitment to emotion and original expression, have had impact around the globe. He is also in demand as a producer and owns his own studio on the banks of Bayou Teche near Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. His latest recording “When I Wait For You” will be released in 2020.

His website is : https://www.dirkpowell.org/