Clelia Stefanini

CleliaBWMaybe you haven’t yet heard of Clelia Stefanini, but if you’re at all in touch with the developments in roots music, then you will soon. Clelia is the winner of the 2013 Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival Fiddle Contest. Her fiddling has been described as “Zeus hurling musical thunderbolts from Mt. Olympus,” which only partly describes a musician that, although impactful and powerful, contains a growing subtlety and nuance that betrays her young age and appearance. These days, Old Time music has grown in popularity to such an extent that many hipsters, ex-punk rockers, and “cool kids” have picked up fiddles and banjos and began dabbling in this genre. At this point, it appears Old Time Music has become trendy. Clelia, however, is not following any fad or trend but follows her own path while remaining completely genuine and authentic. Clelia will undoubtedly be known as one of the most distinct and powerful old time fiddlers in the Appalachian tradition. Clelia currently performs all over the world with her father, Rafe Stefanini, who is also a renowned old time fiddler, banjo, banjo player. Both are becoming wonderful singers, as well.