Rebecca Weiss – Fiddle
Rebecca Weiss grew up in the D.C. area, steeped in Appalachian, Irish, and contra dance music communities thanks to a variety of tradition-bearing mentors. She has studied with internationally-acclaimed fiddler Andrea Hoag, Grammy Award winner Charlie Pilzer, and New England contra legend David Kaynor. While at college in Massachusetts, she learned from traditional Chinese musicians and dove into the New England contra dance scene as a member of Not Enough Fiddles. She toured cross country in summer 2017, playing for contra dances from Seattle to Kentucky with the Polka Pants Band (Andrea Hoag, Charlie Pilzer, David Kaynor). Rebecca is intensely curious about playing, and enjoys absorbing wisdom and stories from elder musicians. Her favorite parts of music are its power to connect people across space, time and background and the stories it holds. In fall 2018 she moved back to the D.C. area and started Tea & Honey, which has quickly become a popular contra dance band. Soon afterward, she became the fiddler and harmony singer for Hannah Jaye and the Hideaways, expanding into folk/bluegrass. With Steve Hickman, she co-leads the Glen Echo Open Band—a dance band open to everyone that often numbers 30+ enthusiastic musicians. Rebecca enjoys writing new tunes anytime, anywhere, whether at the bus stop or on a run—sounds made by birds and scraping chairs are fair game. Her tune Honeylocust won Best Original Tune at the 2017 Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia. She has also won ribbons at the Deer Creek Fiddlers’ Convention and Lowell Banjo and Fiddle Contest.