Bio

Andy Kruspe is a freelance percussion instructor and bodhrán player from Huntsville, Alabama. He has performed with several groups throughout the southeastern United States, including Black Market Haggis, Mithril, David Coe and Friends, SlipJig, Candace Corrigan, the Liminal Duo, and 2nd Breakfast.

Andy is also active as a bodhrán teacher and clinician. He has taught at several workshops and clinics in the United States and Ireland, including The O'Flaherty's Irish Music Retreat (Midlothian, Texas, USA), The Fiddle and Pick Irish Music Weekend (Pegram, Tennessee, USA), and Craiceann (Inis Oírr, Ireland). Andy has also written four method books for the drum- First Steps: A Beginner's Guide to the Bodhrán, The Bodhrán Primer, Playing the Tune: Techniques for Accompanying Irish Traditional Music on the Bodhrán, and In Session + One (with Scottish bodhrán player Martin O’Neill).

Outside of his involvement with Irish traditional music, Andy is active as a percussion instructor at the high school and college level. He coordinates the front ensemble for the Sparkman High School (Harvest, AL) Marching Band and Indoor Drum Line and teaches adjunct at the University of North Alabama (Florence, AL).

Photo by Ann Weis

Photo by Ann Weis