About Haley Richardson....
Haley  is the 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney, the 2013 All Ireland Champion winning in both under 12 solo fiddle and under 12 fiddle slow airs, and 2017 All Ireland under 15 slow air champion.

After asking to learn to play the violin at age two, Haley began Suzuki violin lessons at the age of three.. Her enthusiasm and love of playing was quickly recognized and at four she began lessons with Gerry Rice of Haddonfield NJ who remained her teacher until fall 2015. Haley currently studies classical violin with Madison Day of Audobon, NJ.

Before her 5th birthday, Haley fell in love with Irish music inspired by fiddler Kevin Burke during a live performance. She began learning fiddle tunes from Kevin's How to Play Celtic Fiddle DVD and by listening to his CD and playing along while riding in the car. Formal study of Irish fiddle began with Kathy DeAngelo of Voorhees, NJ in August of 2007. In July 2009, after winning her first MidAtlantic under 12 Irish fiddle competition at just six years old, she met fiddling legend and teacher, Brian Conway, who became her teacher a couple months later. By April 2014, Haley was a 6X MidAtlantic Region under 12 Irish fiddle champion. She is a 3X MidAtlantic Fleadh Under 15 solo fiddle championship and 2X Under 15 fiddle slow airs champion,  bringing the number of MidAtlantic solo fiddle wins to nine consecutive championships. She has placed numerous times in the All Ireland competition in both solo fiddle, fiddle slow airs, and in trio competitions including second place in both under 15 solo fiddle and fiddle slow airs in August 2016.

In addition to being a dynamic solo performer, Haley has performed with many of the most well-known names in Irish music today including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Pride of New York, Liz Carroll with Cherish the Ladies, John Whelan, Paddy Keenan, and  is a regular member of Green Fields of American and The John Whelan Band.  She has also participated as the band fiddler in the Studio2Stage Irish dance production, That's Dancing, from 2014-2017.

John Whelan has been a wonderful mentor to Haley.  He  recorded and produced Haley's debut CD, Heart on a String, in March 2015, Haley also appeared on two tracks as part of  Andy Lamy's Mixed Flock on his CD, The New Blackthorn Stick.  In March 2017, Haley released a CD she produced entitled Music for Mercy, a compilation CD featuring donated tracks from many of the best Irish musicians under 21 years old from around the world. All proceeds from the CD benefit the Mercy Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.