Sue Rivett – Fiddle
Sue was born and brought up in York, where she started violin lessons at the age of 7, was introduced to folk dancing when she played for parish functions with a local accordionist, & went on to form a school classical/folk band which featured in various venues & on local radio.
A Geography degree and Diploma in Management Studies later, she worked as a PA in various companies until Wilf Saunders (formerly Greensleeves Band) invited her to teach violin. That had been a childhood dream; she started teaching & taking violin exams herself the following term.
Sue has worked in Mid-Devon schools as a peripatetic violin teacher since 1994, and enjoys inspiring students and groups to play classical, folk, jazz & American music. She has frequently joined with string teacher colleagues to arrange large scale concerts so that pupils can meet and perform to packed theatres: Tiverton 2001 & 2003 (folk fiddling with Stewart Hardy), Exmouth 2005, Shaftesbury Theatre, Dawlish 2006 (with Fiona McLean’s Camerata), and Honiton 2006, covering classical, folk & jazz ensemble for beginners to Grade 8. She was folk tutor on the Dartington Summer School Youth programme which started in 2006.
Sue spent 2007/08 in Newcastle studying folk & traditional music at the University, working & playing with tutors Catriona MacDonald, Stewart Hardy, Pete Tickell & Robin Dunn. She has returned with an individual folk style, & renewed enthusiasm for leading groups and running workshops alongside teaching. Look out for Stick Youth Band (Willand FDC on 8 January 09, Ash Thomas workshop 15 May, TivvyFest ceilidh 23 May, Gittisham FDC in August) – Sue’s fiddle pupils, a young double bassist & several parents with fiddles, mandolin, cello & euphonium!
She has played with Bruce and Greta for 18 years, as they have developed their extensive repertoire & alternative playing styles. She is one of two fiddles in Meltdown & is frequently called upon to play in several other local bands.