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 but also contemplative mix of fiddle tunes and song and 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.

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  • "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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September Tour

Hello Folks,

The fall is starting and I'm gearing up for a short tour in a week or so. I will start out performing in Michigan for Marine City's Heritage Days. I look forward to this. I'll follow it up with 18th century music and history performances in Abingdon, Virginia, for the Call To Arms events for elementary schoolers. There are some other gigs in the future, so make sure to check out the schedule.

Check out an article on Heritage Days here:


Summer Tour Highlights by Photo

This summer's tour was one of the most fun tours I have ever been on. What a whirl of performances! From the beginning of June to the middle of August, I performed somewhere around 35-40 times for a variety of events. A number of events involved multiple performances.  Below are some photos from tour, but there are many more and I hate to leave any places and performances out, but if I didn't this post would be too long. For more photos of tour, visit http://www.facebook.com/traemcmaken/


I had fun performing at the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park campground, one of five performances I gave for the Boone Society, the Friends of the Cumberland Gap, and the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park.


This is a photo of Jim Boynton, Danny Johnston, and me performing on Beaver Island. Performing with older fiddlers like Danny and Jim is alwaysa pleasure. 


After a fiddle workshop I taught in Red Deer cabin at the Eve Glen McDonough Folk School, my young fiddler students explore the pathway.


This is a photo of a square dance I fiddled for on Mackinac Island, Michigan.


Performing at Ogontz Camp for the Country Dance and Song Society's family week was a blast. I love fiddling for dances. The hall was amazing, and here is a shot during a dance from behind the backdrop constructed of branches. 


I performed at the Great Lakes Folk Festival seven times, three solo sets, a banjo showcase, a fiddle showcase, and sat in with Bob Bernard and a couple tunes with Danny and Danny. This is a shot from one of my solo sets.

There were many more performances and I hate to leave any out. For more photos, visit my facebook at http://www.facebook.com/traemcmaken/

Summer tour!

Summer tour is going great and full of adventures. Check out the Facebook page for regular updates on our location and shows!