Rising Stars of Bluegrass and Old Time Music Perform in Charleston

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL - This weekend, the Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance will showcase West Virginia’s up-and-coming traditional musicians and dancers with a concert by the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band and Davis & Elkins College’s Appalachian Ensemble.

The Appalachian Ensemble is a newly-formed group, combining the College’s string band and dance troupe.

Tessa Dillon, 18, of St. Albans, plays fiddle with the group. Dillon began playing classical violin when she was six years old, but said she didn’t really connect with the music.

“It was kind of like going through the motions,” she said.

When she was 11, her mother noticed an ad in the newspaper for old-time fiddling lessons and asked if she wanted to try it out. She began taking lessons from local old-time fiddle masters Jake Krack and Bobby Taylor, and was instantly hooked on the genre.