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A lifelong resident of Northeast Baltimore, Jim learned to play the violin through the “ Talent Education Center” a Baltimore City sponsored Suzuki music program. At
about the same time, he started learning “Irish Step Dancing” from Kevin Broesler, a New York based Step Dancer. He danced from age six through fifteen. These years of dancing led to his love and appreciation of Irish music. He was fortunate to meet the virtuoso Irish
fiddler, Brendan Mulvihill and subsequently studied Irish fiddle from him for several years.
At the Waldorf School of Baltimore, where music and dance was fostered, especially by the presence and influence of Paul Levin,
Jim continued to develop his skills. He continued his musical studies at the Baltimore School
for the Arts graduating in 1998. He went on to Loyola College in Maryland and received a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, in the of “Class of 2002”.
Jim has traveled and played in Ireland where he took third place in the “All Ireland” music competition in 1996.
He has played at numerous Irish Festivals, Ceili’s, and is a regular in sessions at Baltimore's J’ Patrick’s Pub where he also plays in the band “Custom House”. For the past seven
years he has been on the music staff of “Irish Week” at the Augusta Heritage Center, Davis and Elkins College. Jim toured with the “John Whelan Band” for the past four years, traveling throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe and especially in Ireland. He has
recorded with John Whelan on two CD’s, “Come to Dance” and “Celtic Fire”.
Jim’s love of Irish music has lead him to pass along to others the tradition of the Irish Fiddle. He teaches the techniques and styles of the Irish Fiddling to both young and old, from beginners to accomplished violinists.
He is honored to be one of the members of “O’Malley’s March”.
Jim Eagan at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage