Fiddler Michael DeFosche of Whitleyville, Tennessee is one of the most respected old time musicians of his generation in Tennessee, with forty-five years of experience playing fiddle, banjo, and guitar. With great care and devotion, DeFosche has spent these decades studying and mastering the traditional fiddle repertories and playing styles of Cumberland Plateau fiddlers like Clyde Davenport, John Sharp, Bob Douglas, and Leonard Rutheford. DeFosche has presented teaching sessions and workshops at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, the Swannanoa Gathering, and Bluff County Gathering. He has also presented and interpreted the styles of older fiddlers, especially alongside Davenport and Douglas, at many festivals and concerts. Of apprentice Trenton Caruthers, DeFosche says that he has seldom encountered a 14-year-old with “such enthusiasm for old time skills in general and fiddle and banjo specifically.” Caruthers, also a champion junior buck dancer, is already an annual mainstay at such events as the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree, Uncle Dave Macon Days, Old Timers Day at Pickett State Park, and more.

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