Meredith Bogacz

Hailing from Evanston, IL, Meredith studied classical violin with Ingrid Nevinger of Chicago, IL from elementary school through high school, and continued her studies with Dr. Melissa Knecht at Hillsdale College.  Though classically trained, and focusing primarily on fiddle music at the moment, Meredith delights in contorting the tone of her violin in order to fit it into whatever musical situation she’s been tossed: rock, metal, blues, country, punk…whatever.  She delved into Irish music after being pulled into a campus ceili band and soon was playing at sessions, ceilis and house parties on campus in Michigan, as well as back in her hometown of Chicago.

Previous projects include post-rock band Seraphim/The Eastern Gate, and Taliesin Ceili band. Meredith has performed on stage as a guest artist with Michigan based bands The Narrows (indie/psychedelic rock) and Braithres na Mara (irish), and with the Chicago based roots/R&B/rockabilly band The Howlin’ Tumbleweeds. Previous recording projects include The Eastern Gate’s “Seraphim LP”, a solo fiddle EP, “On the Porch” and a fiddle track on The Howlin’ Tumbleweeds’ album “Trouble with the Man Downstairs” as well as some test recordings and violin consultation for experimental composers Pretend-Pretend and Make-Believe-Machines.  Current projects include The World Blanket (rather unclassifiable), and downtempo/trip-hop group Cabiria.

Meredith graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in Fine art, currently attends grad school at the New York Academy of Art, pretending to care about the art world.  Mostly she just gets clay and plaster stuck in her hair.  She can be heard at various Irish music sessions around Manhattan, such as O’Neills and The 11th St. Bar.  She likes her whiskey straight up (and in large quantities), and tends to practice obsessively.  She wears the same hat to every gig and session she goes to, and often forgets to take it off, giving her permanent hat-hair.

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