Three for Joy members—Dominic (14), Joseph (12) and Angela Rose (10) Padula—grew up with the music of their older cousins, the Wood family, who make up the phenomenal fiddle and dance band Celtic Spring. Listening to their wonderful big cousins, the Padula children naturally wanted to follow along. So from quite young they’ve been soaking up traditional fiddle music and learning tunes from their cousins.  Over the past two years, Sean Wood has been working with the band, teaching them and helping with arrangements.

The Padula children also attend fiddle camps where they are immersed in traditional music, learning from some of the best fiddlers in the world. In August 2017, Three for Joy members attended Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School for the fifth year. The trio is hugely indebted to Alasdair, Natalie Haas, and the other amazing teachers at Valley of the Moon.

Summer 2015, in addition to attending Valley of the Moon, the kids spent a week at The Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina where they were “Youth Scholars” on full, merit-based scholarships.

Besides early exposure to traditional Celtic fiddle music, Dominic, Joseph and Angela Rose began classical lessons when very young. In 2013 they began playing chamber music with Santa Barbara Strings, and in recent years the Padula String Trio have been members of Junior Chamber Music and Pasadena Conservatory of Music Chamber Program.

Throughout the year the Padula children earn money for fiddle lessons and fiddle camp through performing at schools, farmers markets, festivals, weddings, retirement homes, libraries, special events and private parties.