Old-Time and Celtic fiddler Ian McCamy was born in New York City and raised in Mahattan’s downtown art scene. Rooted in his Scottish and Tennessee mountain ancestry, his musical background was forged in the midst of the thriving avant-garde art world. Setting sail in his early twenties, he played and travelled extensively throughout Europe, collaborating with artists and musicians such as Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Piers Faccini, Steven Harrison and Mocke.
Based in Paris, he has released four solo records, made guest appearences on over sixteen albums and has played concerts and festivals in America, Europe and North Africa. His latest solo album, Vintage Americana, was released by Frémeaux in France two years after More Pretty Girls Than One came out in the United States on Arhoolie. His album covers have been drawn by long-time friend Robert Crumb, American illustrator Drew Christie and photographer Gaston F. Bergeret.
"Ian McCamy is possessed of a sepia charisma…on stage he exudes artistic energy and a performer's respect for his material."
"Honest and fetchingly archaic…with McCamy taking the languorous, imbued vocal on "Jack O' Diamonds" and a philosophical, Woody Guthrie-like "There's more Pretty Girls Than One". It's wraith-like quality is like a door to another time."
"McCamy’s fiddle tone and approach are perfect, grabbing all the old, woody tones without overplaying the nostalgia."
“Ian McCamy has a sting to his playing. When he cries it’s with the naive lyrism of an Irish ballad, and his jigs have the gay spirit of time when the blue note hadn’t yet invaded the universe, old Europe unrolls in America, excited by the illusions of space and when it crosses with the mixed southern culture it takes on all that is joyfull."
"A truly rollicking and enjoyable collection of largely traditionnal hoedows, breakdowns, reels, rags, ballads and yes, blues. Americana, roots music, folk- Just call it great music."
"The sound so perfect that one thinks it is an old 78rpm record without impurities. He plays superb jigs, square dances, reels and songs - yes Ian McCamy also sings! They play wonderfully."
“McCamy is an excellent fiddler! Whether it’s a jig or waltz, it’s a joyous collection McCamy has assembled.”
“Some of these tunes are as good as I've ever heard played, even on the old 78s from the 1920's and that's saying a lot. I've never heard a better version of New Money or Far in the Mountain. Tops in Old-Time fiddling in our time.”