About Ben

Nashville-based, Canadian-born fiddler Ben Plotnick's virtuosic acoustic album 'Greenland' is comprised of both original vocal tunes and instrumentals, and brings elements of folk, country and bluegrass music into a classic swing sound. “(Plotnick’s) instrumental wizardry, paired with danceable rhythm, will have half the audience listening intently while the rest tears up the floorboards” (Kristin Cavoukian, Exclaim, 2016). The album was co-produced by 5-time Juno award nominee Andrew Collins, and features some of Canada’s elite folk instrumentalists and vocalists, from bands such as the Slocan Ramblers, The Boxcar Boys, The Andrew Collins Trio and The Double Cuts, among others.

Ben Plotnick has established himself over the last decade as one of North America’s elite fiddle players. With a variety of acts, he has performed across 4 continents. He has recorded on more than a hundred albums as a session musician, performed at arenas and festivals across the continent with country, folk, Americana and bluegrass bands, and produced 8 records for himself or other collaborative projects. As a fiddler, his fiddle & banjo duo album with Frank Evans (madison archives) was nominated for a Juno award, and won the title of Instrumental album of the year at the CFMAs. The Fretless have now been nominated for a third Juno award, having won once in 2017, in addition to a slew of CFMAs and WCMAs . As a singer, songwriter and fiddle player in Oliver the Crow, NPR called the duo "An Inspired Collaboration". As a classical player, he has performed as a soloist with more than one professional orchestra. 

Ben is a full time member of critically acclaimed folk quartet The Fretless, and new acoustic string duo Oliver the Crow. He now spends much of his time in Nashville, TN, or wherever the road takes him.