Art Mize began performing while in high school some 40 years ago. At that time he was fiddling and singing in area Bluegrass bands. His college years began in 1981 at the University of Kentucky and there his interests broadened, playing regularly with bluegrass bands—Homer Ledford’s Cabin Creek and then Stoney Creek—but exploring the Celtic and folk music scene in the bluegrass region as well as old-time fiddling and early jazz. He has had the tremendous good fortune to get to play with many area artists over the years. His performance experience has encompassed college stages, festivals, arts series, corporate and private parties, tourism-related events, classrooms and other educational venues.
In 2007, after the passing of Homer Ledford, he was honored as the first recipient of the Homer Ledford Award for combining luthiery, the honoring of Kentucky music traditions and performance. In the past few years he has been asked to fiddle solo at receptions for the National Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and other classical ensembles when they have come to Lexington.
Besides presenting fiddle music in a variety of styles, there are several ensemble arrangements Art can provide. Art currrently performs with his wife Diane Timmons as a duet. They share a broad love of music in a variety of genres. Crazy Quilt is essentially the addition of the exquisite drumming of Mike Thompson to their duet material.
In 2017, Art and Diane added in Claire Rose on accordion, guitar and vocals to launch The Partisans for the Leonard Cohen Tribute concert held in Lexington. They were juried in as well to the Joni Mitchell tribute concert the next year. Since then they have been crafting originals and performing select material. Art and Diane are also part of an old-time music trio called The Jarflies, featuring Mason Colby on clawhammer banjo. And, of course, Art would be delighted to assemble a bluegrass ensemble for your event as well.