Waking the Dragon 4:120:00/4:12
Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki -
Bringing fresh energy to traditional Celtic music, Jordan is an award-winning New Hampshire-based fiddler/singer who has been performing professionally for over two decades. He has toured nationally with bands in various genres, performed across Ireland, and released multiple recordings of Celtic music that can be heard on radio stations in Ireland and Scotland as well as around New England. He is also an Emmy®-nominated composer who has written soundtracks for audiobooks and television and appeared as a guest on over 100 albums. His lifelong passion for history helps bring to life the traditional music around which he built his career.
Jordan was first recognized as part of New Hampshire’s musical culture at the age of 12, when he was the youngest member of the delegation representing the state at The Smithsonian Folklife Festival. He grew up on a combination of contra dances and Celtic music, releasing multiple recordings and performing regularly at dances, parties and even governor’s inaugurations until leaving for college in Middlebury, VT. After graduating, Jordan spent time in both New York City and Ireland, exploring musical possibilities and honing his craft. He then began to carve out a career for himself back home in NH, working with multiple rock bands while continuing to develop his unique approach to traditional Celtic music.
In 2012 Jordan released Into The Cold, an all-original record drawing on multiple genres held together by the thread of Celtic fiddle melodies. The record has been described as “hauntingly beautiful” and “an instrumental coming-of-age story.” Shortly after the release, he formed The Jordan TW Trio by recruiting Matthew Jensen and Chris Noyes, from Into The Cold, to perform with him around New England. In 2013 New Hampshire’s Traditional Arts Council named him a Master Artist. In 2015, the trio released their first record, Return To The Castle, which represents a return to more traditional roots. While it incorporates several fresh original pieces, the entirely acoustic, instrumental record is stacked with traditional favorites ranging from haunting waltzes to foot-stomping reels and was described as "bright, crisp and energetic" by The Boston Irish Reporter. The trio released their first live album, Live At CedarHouse, in July of 2018, earning the praise “brilliant interpretations of Celtic standards” from Bill Copeland Music News and heavily featuring their vocals for the first time.
In 2016, The NH Humanities Council added Jordan to their presenters roster with his program, “Songs of Emigration: Storytelling through traditional Irish music.” Since then he has brought the educational program to over 45 libraries, historical societies and community centers around the state.
After producing a feature piece on Jordan, WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle commissioned him to compose and produce a new theme music package for their nightly show. Once the music was developed Jordan recruited an all-star team of musicians to record it, including the members of his trio. The new music debuted in the fall of 2018, along with a music video featuring the band, produced by WMUR. Both music and video received 2019 New England Emmy® nominations.
In addition to The Jordan TW Trio, Jordan currently plays with several Celtic groups including maritime band Great Bay Sailor and Canadian/Celtic group The Reel McCoys. He has collaborated with artists such as Máiréad Nesbitt (Celtic Woman, Lord Of The Dance), Ciaran Nagle (Riverdance, Ishna) and Ernest Thompson (On Golden Pond). Outside the Celtic genre, he was one of the founding members of JamAntics ("Best Jam Band" NH Magazine, 2010, "Best Original Band" The Hippo, 2011) and worked for years with the Dusty Gray Band ("Best Roots Act", New England Music Awards, 2015). He also works with many singer-songwriters, collaborations that often begin when he is hired to play on their albums. He does frequent session work at several of New England's top recording studios and can be heard on over 100 albums alongside such names as Garth Hudson and Jerry Douglas.
With various groups, he has opened for Irish music legends Tommy Makem and Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones, country superstars such as Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels, and classic rockers Blues Traveler, The Marshall Tucker Band and Little Feat. He has toured nationally with the Adam Ezra Group (winner of five New England Music Awards including "Band of The Year") and appeared as a guest musician with other nationally touring bands including The Mallett Brothers, Yarn, The Lost Trailers, Roots of Creation, Hot Day At The Zoo and Ishna.
These days, Jordan performs primarily with the Jordan TW Trio, a group that has won multiple awards for its wedding performances as well as recognition for its unique presentation of Celtic music in concert.