“The combination of the fiddling and dancing is what makes Hillary special."
-Jim Wood, five-time Tennessee State Fiddle Champion
"There are good fiddle players and there are good dancers, but I don’t know anybody in the United States who dances as well as she plays or plays as well as she dances"
I am a professional street performer. I fiddle and dance on the streets of Nashville. I'm working on a CD which will be out at the beginning of next year. It's a comprehensive take on the many sounds of old-time fiddling in various tunings. Both the fiddle and the guitar use 10+ tunings each.
I plan to perform the tunes (along with some dance) this next season with my friends Ben Ayers and Angelica Grim.
Some accomplishments include:
-National Buckdancing Champion 2013
-Kentucky State Dance Champion 2013
-Appalachain Old-Time String Band Fastival Grand Champion Buckdancer (Clifftop, WV)
-Bachelor's Degree in English
Fiddle, buckdancing, guitar, vocals, mandolin, viola, composing, arranging, workshops, teaching, reading music.
“She’s done what all serious musicians do, as far as she has learned from many traditional sources and everything, but she’s not stopped at that. She’s coming up with her own thing based on the traditions,”
I grew up in a small town with an older sister and an older brother. We were homeschooled, and I danced all day everyday in front of the mirror. I joined a clogging team when I was eight, and then picked up the fiddle at age thirteen. I competed in both dance and fiddle at many festivals over the years with the National Championship being my biggest win.
I married my husband and graduated college in 2015.
I've mostly taught music over the years, and recently I've been focusing on the street performing. I plan to audition for America's Got Talent in the spring. I was filmed for a UK independent film titled "Country Music" set to be released in summer 2018.
-Seven years of teaching (one of my students won the Tennessee State Buckdancing Championship
-Many private performances such as weddings and funerals
-Four seasons as the concert master of the Tennessee Fiddle Orchestra
-Twenty days as a strolling violinist on a cruise ship
-Fifteen months (1000+ hours) street performing
-Studied dance with great dancers such as Nic Gariess, Ira Bernstein, and Thomas Maupin
-Studied music in Brazil on scholarship
-Studied music and dance at Warren Wilson College on scholarship