Born in Colorado, raised in Arizona, Heide began violin at age 11 and holds a Masters of Music Performance and Pedagogy from ASU School of Music, where her most influential teachers included Danwen Jiang, Katie McClin, and the late William Magers. Heide studied in New York at Meadowmount Conservatory with Charles Avsharian and Skye Carmen, and in Minneapolis with Sally O’Reilly. Heide’s most influential Celtic fiddling teacher is Randal Bays. She’s performed in many symphonies, and stage orchestras including Trans-Siberian Orchestra, West Coast Music’s Impulse Band, and for renowned artists such as Michael W. Smith, Josh Groban, and jazz violinist Regina Carter. As a Celtic fiddler, she has performed with The Black Donnelly’s and Celtic Nation, Blaggards, Stephen Walsh at Trinity Bar in Dublin, Ireland, Sea Merchants, and The Spirited Lads. In the country music scene, Heide’s highlight performances include performing with TAD Management’s Nashville Gold History of Country Music Show, The Glen Campbell Story and Rhinestone Country, and with DaisyTrain at Super Bowl XLIX Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Concert Series, and as the VIP band for Alan Jackson. Heide maintains a private teaching studio in Arizona and teaches lessons online.
Heide Riggs has been a guest on 21 episodes.
Episode 214: Paddy Ready
March 21st, 2023 | 20 mins 57 secs
Blaggards get ready for Paddy's Day 2023 in Aggieland
Episode 213: Southern Fried: A Report From the Road
March 14th, 2023 | 50 mins 44 secs
We recap our tour through Little Rock, Birmingham, Atlanta, Lake Worth, Key West and Punta Gorda.
Episode 212: Poking the Cage (A Report From the Road)
March 7th, 2023 | 54 mins 36 secs
A report from the road, and a conversation about changes in the music industry
Episode 205: Drive More, Crank Less
January 17th, 2023 | 30 mins 58 secs
Blaggards report from the road in West Texas and Arizona.
Episode 202: Front to Back
December 27th, 2022 | 46 mins 1 sec
This week we look back on 2022 and talk about our personal goals for 2023. Also: Turbo surprises Patrick with a special gift.
Episode 200: Double C-Note
December 13th, 2022 | 32 mins 43 secs
The new kids—Heide & Kevin—tell us a little more about themselves and then we get into some song kills & ressurections.
Episode 198: Bored by Beige
November 29th, 2022 | 1 hr 7 mins
Obscenely high ticket prices, Heide's gig with Marie Osmond, Shane MacGowan, the Pogues, Steel Panther, Thin Lizzy, Blaze Bayley, Dolly Parton, and a bunch of other stuff.
Episode 192: Drug Dealers & Dog Shaggers
October 18th, 2022 | 31 mins 54 secs
This week, we talk about the brilliant comedian Doug Stanhope and the thrill of hearing him talk about us on his podcast, upcoming tour plans for January, and next year's IRELAND tour.
Episode 189: Eat 'em UP Kats!
September 27th, 2022 | 23 mins 37 secs
SlapperCast Episode 189 was recorded on the way to our gig at Lewisville Western Days, and again afterwards as we drove Heide back to Dallas Love Field Airport. Special guest: Patrick's daughter, Tara Devlin.
Episode 188: The Softest of All Balls
September 20th, 2022 | 16 mins 50 secs
Recapping our three-day gig at ScotFest in Broken Arrow, OK.
Episode 187: Huzzah for "No The"
September 13th, 2022 | 21 mins 20 secs
Recorded on the way to Sherwood Forest Faire, during the festival, and on the way back. SPECIAL GUEST STAR: a cascade of funny incidents where it had to be pointed out there's no THE in Blaggards.
Episode 184: Ansel Adams Mode (Heading Home from Montana)
August 23rd, 2022 | 20 mins 7 secs
Recorded while driving through winding mountain roads shortly after we left Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering in Hamilton, Montana.