Welcome to my website, the place to find out about my music and work and a lot more. Thanks for visiting. Traditional music, storytelling, and cultural history are passions for me, and I love to get the opportunity to share. If you're interested in what I've been up to lately, check out my schedule. If you'd like to find out more about myself and my music, check out the "About" page. Make sure to check out my book Rosin for Breath: Reflections of a Traveling Fiddler and my album, For the Long Winter Nights. The book is a multi-genre collection focusing on the life of a traveling fiddler. The album is a joyful and contemplative mix of fiddle tunes and songs that contains both original and traditional Michigan / Great Lakes tunes and ballads. To preview tracks, purchase MP3s, or buy hardcopies of the album or book, visit the store.

  • A. Trae McMaken

  • The website of the fiddler, storyteller, and tradition bearer.

  • "Trae McMaken astounded the audience . . . A terrific fiddler and singer he definitely is!" Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

    Sheer brilliance of style, executed in the most authentic, creative and passionate way possible. . ." "Trae’s 'performance,' actually his story-telling art, transformed the ordinary into extraordinary!" Linda Schweihofer, China Township Supervisor.

    Wonderful - Enlightening - Fun - Great Living History Lessons."
    "The combination of stories and music you present is a treasure."

    Joan Vinette, Michigan State University Extension Program, "Life of Lake Superior," Outdoor Education.

    "We were lucky to get you and your music, Trae. Wonderfully intricate and historic music."
    "You added the touches of goodness of character and fine music that Munising Bay Arts Festival really appreciates."

    Ramble G. Nichols, Munising Bay Arts Association.

    "Not only is your fiddling super strong and your choice of tunes lovely, it was that your style of playing is incredibly 'danceable.'"
    Annie Fain Barralon, Music Coordinator, John C. Campbell Folk School.

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Year End Review 2014

With somewhere around 60 or more performances and workshops in 2014, I've had a busy year of music and storytelling. Add on teaching in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University, private teaching, and recording a few tracks for a new album and it's been even busier. Of course, last year was busy, too, but getting married in May and taking my wife Cathy on tour with me made this year unforgettable and wonderful. Our travels took us far and wide. There are already a few gigs lined up for the beginning of 2015. The first is on January 8th, for the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. 

This year I began work on some new music and storytelling projects, but the first to go public is a new website project, Border Fiddle. I'm excited about building up a collection of Michigan tunes there. Each year, my musical and storytelling endeavors expand, and I trust and hope 2015 will reflect that as well. In fact, before long I will probably be announcing a new kind of musical endeavor for this year. Stay tuned. 

All in all, 2014 has been an exciting year. Thank You, Lord Jesus.



Cajun Christmas Special: Silent Night

Happy Advent and Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus our Savior into the darkness of this world. This is a gift from myself and the Bidgood family to you all for this season. This is our original Cajun arrangement of Silent Night. If you enjoy it, please share the video.

New Web Project: Border Fiddle

I'm happy to announce a new website project: Border Fiddle

This is a website where I will be playing tunes from Michigan's fiddle repertoire and posting them online with short explanations on their origins. Please check it out. Click the picture, follow the link above, or find the link in the menu at the top of the page.