Dirk Powell

Dirk Powell is an American fiddler and banjo player. He is considered one of the world's leading experts on traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo styles.[1]

Powell has won four Grammy Awards and has been a guest on American television shows including Late Night with David Letterman, the Today Show, and American Masters. He was a longtime member of the Cajun band Balfa Toujours. Powell has recorded with Rhiannon Giddens, Loretta Lynn, Irma Thomas, Tim O'Brien, Kyle Carey and Eric Clapton.[1][2]


  • If I Go Ten Thousand Miles (Rounder, 1996)
  • Songs from the Mountain (Howdy Skies, 1999)
  • Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell (Rounder, 1999)
  • Hand Me Down (Rounder, 1999)
  • Time Again (Rounder, 2004)
  • A Fret Free Christmas (Valcour, 2010)
  • Walking Through Clay (Sugar Hill/Welk Music Group, 2014)[3]

See also Balfa Toujours.


  1. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Dirk Powell Biography". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Dirk Powell Biography". Dirk Powell. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Dirk Powell | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
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