Banjo player and multi-instrumentalist Michelle Younger bridges the gap between Appalachian Old-Time and contemporary folk music. Her sound is founded on tradition, a technical approach, and a new sensibility. Whether traveling in the internationally renowned folk trio Harpeth Rising or performing solo, Michelle brings the authenticity of traditional banjo into new and unexpected contexts.
Michelle studied classical guitar at Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.'07) and Eastman School of Music (M.M.'09), and her classical training is evident in her intricate arrangements and technically impressive performances. Michelle's musicality, her unique clawhammer style, and her new takes on old tunes make her a promising force in modern folk music.