The DeeAnn Gillispie Fiddle Music Page
DeeAnn tuning in the sunset

DeeAnn has been playing fiddle and violin most of her life --- she started out at the age of eight and has no plans to quit. DeeAnn has an extensive classical background, including performances with the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra while still a teenager. As she got older, she began to take an interest in traditional Irish and Scottish folk music. Finding fiddling more to her liking, she quit her formal classical pursuits and joined an Irish folk band. After several years she moved to the Arkansas Ozarks with her family, where she was introduced to folk musicians Deb Carbone and Karen Kraft, who in turn introduced her to the old-time Ozark music. After competing in national, state and local fiddle contests, and performing some really gruelling schedules with the Dixie Darlin's, she has emerged as a multi-faceted fiddler, excelling in old time, stringband, contradance, and even some klezmer as well as the traditional Celtic styles. DeeAnn can be seen performing with the Dixie Darlin's stringband, and her other bands, Irish Blend, and Featherstone, at the Ozark Folk Center, in Mt. View, Arkansas. The Dixie Darlin's perform at festivals throughout Arkansas and surrounding states, and at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.

DeeAnn with her violin

DeeAnn resides in the Arkansas Ozarks with her family (including 5 children!) on a 10 acre homestead.

1995, 1996 --- Arkansas State Old Time Fiddle Championship, 3rd place
1995 --- Eureka Springs Folk Fest Fiddle Contest, 2nd place
1995 --- National SPBGMA Fiddle Contest, held in Arkansas, 6th place

*Appeared in "You've Got to Believe", gospel video by Libby Benson, 1998.
*Performed in the movie, "The White River Kid", to be released in 1999.
*Performed on the demo cut of "Prairie Companion", a song produced by Willie Nelson and his daughter Suzie, 1997.

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You might enjoy these other Dixie Darlin' links:

The Deb Carbone Colonial Living History Page
The Beci Fuller Banjo Page Dixie Darlin's Home Page Dixie Darlin's Music Sample PageThe Official Dixie Darlin's Tape Reviews Page ~NEW!~ The Dixie Darlin's Performance Schedule Links to Old-time Music SitesDixie Darlin's Web Site Awards

DeeAnn has solo tape released, "Fiddler's Night Out", and a new tape in collaboration with banjo player Beci Fuller, ''No Boys Allowed.'' Just click on the Music Sample link to hear some tunes!

Here are some of DeeAnn's favorite links to music and fiddle sites on the internet:

The Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Page The home page of DeeAnn's favorite fiddler and pianist duo.

The Shanda McDonald Home Page The "Okie Darlin's" Home Page. Fiddler Deluxe of The Prairie Land String Band

The Fiddle Goddess News and Reviews A wild and entertaining website, devoted to oldtime music, and the "Fiddle Goddesses" (DeeAnn, and Shanda McDonald!) --- you'll have to see this to believe it!

Fiddler Magazine-Links Links to other cool Fiddle sites.

Featherstone's Bluebells of Scotland CD

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