When I hiked the Appalachian Trail a few years ago, I carried a lightweight fiddle called a WipLStix, crafted by Bill Whipple of North Carolina from a tree felled on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Weighing in at just a pound and an ounce, the instrument fit snugly inside of a PVC tube. Being able to share music along the way made moments of the trek feel nothing short of magical.
I have taken violin lessons since the age of 5, and remain grateful for my classical training. But my junior year of college, I decided to sign up for an elective, Appalachian Ensemble. Since that first tune vibrated through the room, old time and Appalachian music has found a permanent place in my heart. I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite tunes, ones I played many times in the woods and mountain tops of the AT. It’s not quite the same playing in a bedroom, but it takes me back. Hope you enjoy.