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You have to love the violin and fiddling, and I do. I have always reached out to capture tunes and play them well. My love has been to perform, teach and be an independent booking agent which I have done for over 35 years.

Lew Gelfond is a violinist and fiddle player.
He offers music for wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner.

Recommended combinations are listed below for events in and around Asheville, NC.


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I provide wedding music with old time fiddling, ethnic music, flute, violin and cello wedding combo, as a solo violinist or with violin and with classical guitar. I teach violin, fiddling and mandolin. A fiddle player plays traditional music often Appalachian in small ensembles. Classical music is performed in classical ensembles as a trio, quartet or duet with violin, viola, cello or combinations of guitar and violin, harp and violin in a variety of forms.

I perform classical violin, traditional fiddle, swing and contra dance music. He offers wedding musicians for hire and traditional music groups for dances and events in Asheville, NC including ceremony and dance music. Lew creates musical arrangements on request.

My instruments are fiddle/violin, mandolin, bodhran, guitar and banjo. The music I perform includes classical, Irish and Scottish music, tangos, country, swing, cajun, ragtime, Scandinavian, bluegrass, gypsy, Klezmer and more...

The Dancing Bears contra dance band plays for contra dance in Asheville. Blue Heaven swing band plays swing music for weddings, concerts and special events. Wedding music can be contemporary, classical, swing, bluegrass cajun, blues funk and many other styles.

A bride, wedding planner, event planner or club manager can sample music on this site to find even gypsy violin, scottish fiddle, tango, hammered dulcimer, fiddle entertainment, classical quartet, traditional folk music, chamber music combos ,wedding musicians for contra dance, solo performers, an experienced entertainer, classical strings, a guitar combo or harp and violin perfect for your wedding ceremony.


Currently performing with:

The Asheville Tango Orchestra
Screech Owl Serenade (fiddle music, ragtime and swing)
Blue Heaven Swing Band
The Dancing Bears (contra dance band)
Flying the Tune (contra and waltzes)
A variety of fine ensembles for events and weddings

Performance history:

Two performance tours in France including over 50 concerts and dance workshops
Calling dances and playing fiddle for a wedding in Japan
A Virgin Airlines promotion to England playing on board for a video promotion.
Country/swing house band at the Glenwood Springs Hotel in Colorado
Touring the Western slope of Colorado with the Go For Broke band (Aspen/Vail/Crested Butte)

Fiddler/mandolinist in country rock band "Freewheelin’" in New Jersey
Playing solo fiddle tied for first place with a 6 piece soul band in a Richmond VA competition
Many first place fiddle contest honors
Member of Rural Rhythm String Band, Media PA and loved those Thursday night sessions!
Transitioned from accomplished violist to violinist and fiddle player
Workshops in Ashokan, NY and The Swannanoa Gathering in NC
Greyfox Bluegrass Festival performer/teacher at the Bluegrass Academy for kids
Performing hundreds of solo school assemblies
Studied with teachers from the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Manhattan School of music