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musician, singer, songwriter, performer, teacher, and more

Alex Sturbaum is a one-of-a-kind performer. Steeped in musical traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, he is equally comfortable performing for dancers in a crowded grange hall, singing original songs at an intimate house concert, belting out sea shanties at a pub sing, or playing bluegrass music at a festival. Alex's love for the music and joy in playing it is evident in every note he plays.

Alex grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the banks of the Ohio River. Born into a musical household, he soon fell in love with the jigs and reels of Irish and Scottish music, the sea songs of the Canadian maritimes, the fiddle tunes and ballads of Appalachia, and more. Alex studied at the Riley School of Irish Music in Cincinnati before attending Oberlin College, where he began playing music for contra dances and never looked back. He now lives in Seattle, Washington, where he performs solo and with various bands, teaches, and, when he is not playing music, does environmental restoration.