Rafe and Clelia Stefanini headline 11th annual Appalachian Celebration, April 19
The Appalachian Celebration, the Blair School’s annual appreciation of folk music and mountain sounds, this year is headlined by father-daughter old-time duo Rafe and Clelia Stefanini.
Rafe Stefanini is an Italian old-time banjo player, fiddler, guitarist, singer and teacher, as well as a respected violin maker and restorer. Daughter Clelia is an award-winning fiddler in her own right. The pair perform as Nine-Pound Hammer with Nikki Stefanini (Rafe’s wife and Clelia’s mother), and Rafe and Clelia often record as a duo. Rafe is also a member of the Jumpsteady Boys, a band he formed with fellow old-time musician Bruce Molsky.
The Stefaninis will be accompanied at this concert by Grammy-winning mandolinist Mike Compton and event host Matt Combs, a Blair fiddle instructor who was recently named official staff fiddle player for the Grand Ole Opry’s house band.
The Appalachian Celebration takes place at 8 p.m. April 19 in Ingram Hall. While admission is free, the concert is a benefit for the Jerome “Butch” Baldassari Precollege Scholarship Fund at the Blair School of Music. Donations will be accepted at the door, but are not required.