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.

  • A. Trae McMaken

  • The website of the sojourning fiddler and storyteller.

  • "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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Review from first gig of the summer tour!

Here's a review from my first gig of summer tour so that folks know what to expect!

"I think sharing the historical and cultural information on this area was of great benefit. I especially enjoyed hearing the 'old' languages that began in the area. I applaud Trae McMaken for his expertise and ability to convey the rich heritage in an interesting and thought-provoking manner."

 "Trae McMaken is a storyteller and fiddler extraordinaire. His linguistic and musical skills help to demonstrate a time in history that would be lost without his work. Thank you Trae for sharing the stories of the Yadkin Valley with Yadkin Riverkeeper."

-- Judi Rossabi, Yadkin Riverkeeper Family Fun Day at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, June 7, 2014

Spring Show Tunes! April is here.

Spring is here and it's time to pull out some rare show tunes -- or at least it was as of last night at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tennessee. I hope you enjoy the video. 

This winter I embarked on an exciting fieldwork trip around Michigan interviewing some excellent fiddlers, both young and old (check out pictures on my facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/traemcmaken ). Now, I'm once again preparing for an active summer of fiddling. My tour is shaping up to be a lot of fun. Check out the schedule!

Trae McMaken and Will MacMorran Perform at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tennessee

Check out the video from Tuesday night's ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program's Faculty Concert.