Patrick Rimes is a fiddle player, piper and composer/arranger based in Cardiff. Born and raised in Bethesda, North West Wales, his style is firmly rooted in the distinctive fiddle tradition of that area, but he enjoys drawing on a wide variety of other influences too, from orchestral music to jazz and bebop.
After starting to learn the fiddle aged 7, Patrick was quickly drawn into the thriving scene of traditional music sessions and workshops in Bangor, alongside his instrumental studies with ‘classical’ teachers. He was twice named junior fiddle champion of Wales, and remains the only person to have won the coveted ‘blue ribbon’ award at Anglesey Eisteddfod for a traditional music performance. Following periods of study at both the University of Leeds and Janáčkova Akademie Múzických v Brně (Czech Republic) Patrick currently divides his time between the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff (where he studies viola with David Adams) and a busy international gigging schedule.
Patrick continues to strive to bend and ultimately break the perceived ‘boundaries’ between roots music and other genres. As a member of Calan, he has taken Welsh music to the stages of many of England’s most prestigious festivals including Cambridge, Sidmouth and Cropredy, as well as touring regularly in Europe and the USA. His work with Cerys Matthews has seen him play as a soloist at the Womex opening concert and the BBC Proms, and he was recently musical director for a Christmas TV broadcast by Bryn Terfel.