About Tim Gardner
Tim Gardner is an award-winning fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, performer, teacher, banjo builder, and recording artist/engineer from the mountains of North Carolina. While Tim can play virtually any style of music, he learned many of the fiddle and dance tunes in his repertoire from his parents, Lo and Mary Gordon. Lo and Mary have established themselves in the old-time music world through their playing, the opening of their music store in downtown Brevard, NC, and Lo’s fine handcrafted Cedar Mountain Banjos. Tim has since taken over ownership of the banjo business and continues to provide heirloom-quality banjos and customer service.
Tim has performed extensively throughout the southeast at venues such as MerleFest, IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, the Porter Center, Stecoah Valley Cultural Center, Grove Park Inn, Biltmore Estate, Isis Music Hall, Harrahs Casino, Lake Eden Arts Festival, Bluegrass at the Peace Center, Suwannee Springfest & Magnoliafest, Blackberry Farm, Bear on the Square, White Squirrel Festival, Cashiers Mountain Music Festival, Sugar Grove Music Festival, Asheville Earth Day, Asheville Brewgrass, Bele Chere, Bluegrass First Class, French Broad River Festival, and several area schools. He has also performed live on the Speed Channel, Song of the Mountains (PBS), The Porchlight Sessions documentary, UNC TV’s NC Now, The North American Banjo Builders documentary series, WNCW in Spindale, NC, KRFC in Fort Collins, CO, and WSQL in Brevard, NC.
Tim has years of experience teaching fiddle, mandolin, guitar, clawhammer banjo and bass with students of all ages and experience levels. He has been an administrator with the Transylvania Youth Strings and Junior Appalachian Musician programs, and has taught fiddle and guitar workshops at the Blue Ridge Old-Time Week in Mars Hill, NC and the FOAOTMAD convention in Gainesborough, UK.
During his mid-twenties, Tim designed and built an off-the-grid solar-powered cottage on his rural property on Coyote Ridge near Brevard, where he lived for several years. Although he no longer lives on the property, the location became the namesake for his music and audio company. In addition to his career in music, Tim enjoys the outdoors, traveling, conscious living, and spending time with his wife and baby daughter.