Earl Gaddis has been fiddling for a mixture of English, Scottish, American and international dancing for more than 30 years. Earl grew up in the Washington DC area, where he discovered (and soon started playing for) international dancing in 1962 while in college. After moving to Boston in 1969 he began fiddling for New England square and contra dances, then playing for English country and ritual dancing in the early '70's. He has continued to play for the same weekly English dance ever since, even though it is now a five-hour trip because of his move to western Massachusetts a few years ago. Earl began Scottish dancing in the '70's and started playing for it not long after.
His educational career drove guidance counselors to despair, encompassing physics, music, psychology, and electrical engineering. After finishing graduate school he was hired as a research psychologist, but after two weeks the company changed his job description to design engineer "because that seemed to be what he was doing..." Until 1983 he worked as a biomedical engineer - doing research, designing and building special equipment for severely physically disabled people, and confusing his dance friends by riding a wheelchair on the buses and subways of Boston for two years. He then went back to school - this time the Kansas City Art Institute - for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Earl is now a full-time musician, and has played violin and viola for dance camps, classes, workshops and balls throughout the country and abroad.
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