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 183: Double the Red (Introducing Kevin Newton on Drums)
August 16th, 2022 | 33 mins 38 secs
Recorded in the van en route to Omaha, we introduce you to drummer Kevin "Thunderstick" Newton, who had played his first show with us in Wichita only a couple nights before.
Episode 182: Trey "Low End" McGee — Blaggards Getting Ready to Hit the Road
August 9th, 2022 | 46 mins 54 secs
As we prepare to hit the road, Heide Riggs joins us to talk about her new Glasser carbon composite fiddle and the ABBA tribute band she worked with recently.
Episode 180: Little Rockers
July 26th, 2022 | 1 hr 21 mins
Patrick, Chad & Heide talk about solo gig experiences: the good, the tough, and the weird.
Also discussed: Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, George Harrison, David Byrne, Eminem and Leonard Cohen.
Episode 177: Fiddle for Felons
July 5th, 2022 | 1 hr 3 mins
Ear training in music and past audition experiences. Special guest: Heide Riggs.
Episode 175: Destroying in a Good Way: Our Search for a New Drummer Begins
June 21st, 2022 | 50 mins 59 secs
Blaggards is looking for a new drummer. This week, joined by fiddler Heide Riggs, we bring you up to speed while looking ahead to the future.
Episode 173: Arm-Crossy
June 7th, 2022 | 43 mins 28 secs
Episode 173 was recorded in the van shortly after leaving the Nick in Birmingham, AL, the final date of our "Beast Coast" tour. Heide Riggs joins us again to talk about our experiences on the road, and of course we kill/rescue some songs as well.
Episode 172: Roar of Authority
May 31st, 2022 | 45 mins 39 secs
Fiddler Heide Riggs joins us to recap the tour so far, kill some overplayed songs and shine a light on some (by our estimation) underrated/under-appreciated music. Featuring a guest appearances by our gracious host, Tim Mohan.
Episode 161: Howdy Heide
March 15th, 2022 | 25 mins 29 secs
Fiddler Heide Riggs is back for Paddy's Week in Dallas & Houston, more songs to erase from history, awkward fan encounters
Episode 154: "Fiddler's Full Circle" with Heide Riggs
January 18th, 2022 | 25 mins 59 secs
We're joined this week by fiddler Heide Riggs, who played with us at OK ScotsFest last year, and will joining us again for two weeks this March.