New CD “Upstate Crossroads”

No. 1 album on the Folk Alliance International Chart, January 2023

“Upstate Crossroads is pure joy! Fresh, surprising arrangements and infectious rhythms deliver a diverse, playful musical celebration. Good luck sitting still while this record plays! An exceptional record by one of New York’s best fiddlers and musicians.” —Joe Crookston

“When I heard your album I thought that I was listening to a much older fiddle player—in the best possible way.” —Matt Watroba WKAR, Lansing, MI

“One of the best fiddlers I have ever heard.” —Dick Hageman WMNR, Monroe, CT

Tim Ball is a fiddler, guitarist, producer, and teacher from upstate New York, with deep roots in traditional New York, New England, and Irish-American fiddle music.

After 20 years performing in Celtic and contra dance bands and a lifetime of playing traditional fiddle music, Tim Ball takes center stage with his debut solo release Upstate Crossroads. This album sheds new light on nearly-forgotten tunes and old favorites from all corners of New York State, drawing repertoire and inspiration from the surrounding Irish-American, New England, Canadian, and Bluegrass traditions. From these deep roots in dance tunes and folk songs, Tim’s music tells stories about hard work, immigration, community, and simple pleasures.

Upcoming shows

Lessons & Camps

Drawing from 15 years of teaching experience, Tim offers one-on-one lessons in fiddle, violin, viola, and guitar, as well as group workshops in fiddle, guitar, and improvisation at music camps. With a private studio of in-person students in Ithaca, NY, Tim also teaches online.