Michael Cleveland continued his winning streak with the International Bluegrass Music Association when he was named their Fiddle Player of the Year for the 12th time during the 30th Annual IBMA Awards on September 26, 2019. He is the association’s most awarded fiddler. Additionally, Cleveland and his band, Flamekeeper, were named Instrumental Group of the Year for the sixth time.
The International Bluegrass Music Awards, part of the annual week-long World of Bluegrass Conference, were held at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Awards were voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).
Cleveland has had an extraordinary year with the release of Flamekeeper: The Michael Cleveland Story, a critically acclaimed documentary on his life, and the August release of Tall Fiddler, his latest album on Compass Records, featuring his award-wining band alongside a handful of heavy hitters including Tommy Emmanuel, Dan Tyminski, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and more.
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper continue a solid touring schedule in 2019 with upcoming performances in Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, and North Carolina. For more on Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, visit www.FlamekeeperBand.com.