Bio: Van Sederburg

Van is an Iowa native who has lived in Texas for the past 25 years and recently returned to the area. He has played traditional Irish music for many years, starting on bodhran (Irish drum) before switching to fiddle in 2010.

He learned the fiddle by studying under veteran players: Michelle Feldman (5 Second Rule) and Linda Relph (The Kildares), and currently studies with Yvonne Casey in Co. Clare, Ireland (via Skype). He has also taken multi-day traditional music immersion courses from Christopher Begley, Dale Russ, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, and Brid Harper. The north Texas Irish music scene is very strong, which gave him the opportunity to play in sessions with tremendous players from the US and beyond, from local artists to touring professionals like Winifred Horan (Solas), Enda Scahill and Martin Howley (We Banjo 3), and many others.

After returning to Iowa he realized that while traditional Irish music is played in Iowa, it tends to center around Iowa City, Ames, and Des Moines. Van is now on a mission to try to spark an interest in Irish music in the Cedar Valley, and help bring the music he loves to his new home.

He does not pretend to be a professional music teacher or a professional musician. He will tell you he has much, much more to learn — but if you can play a traditional Irish instrument, he wants to help you learn to play Irish music.