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.
March 7th, 2023 | 54 mins 36 secs
A report from the road, and a conversation about changes in the music industry
January 17th, 2023 | 30 mins 58 secs
Blaggards report from the road in West Texas and Arizona.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 20th, 2022 | 16 mins 50 secs
Recapping our three-day gig at ScotFest in Broken Arrow, OK.
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.
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.
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.
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.