Indiana native Mike Cleveland started playing the fiddle at age four when he was at the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville. According to his biography, "In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars at the IBMA's award show. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe." Now, he has his own band, Flamekeeper, and continues to win popular and critical acclaim.
- He was selected for the International Bluegrass Musicians Association's (IBMA) Fiddler of the Year award in 2001, 2002, and 2004.
- He was also awarded the IBMA's Instrumental Album of the Year Award in 2002 for his album, Flame Keeper and the 2004 award for Live at the Ragged Edge.
For more information about Mike, and to hear samples of his playing, visit his website: http://www.mikecleveland.com.