Writer’s Workshop: The Dancing Fiddler

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The other day I started making a list of all the artists that I’ve been introduced to on YouTube. There are quite a few, including Hillary Klug, "The Dancing Fiddler." Hillary plays Appalachian and Celtic tunes on the fiddle (occasionally singing them, too) and buck dances while she plays. "Buck Dancing" is similar to clogging, but instead of clogs, she wears boots. Here she plays and dances to "The Arkansas Traveler," an old-time fiddle tune. She’s accompanied by her mentor, Jim Wood, on banjo.

Hillary also says that she’s been learning some Irish dance steps, though they’re pretty hard to execute in boots. Here she plays two Irish jigs, "Monaghan Jig" and "Blarney Pilgrim."

This blew my mind: here she plays (and sings) "Cotton Eyed Joe," with two copies of herself. The choreography is remarkable, and the amount of work that went into making this video took a talented video editor.

Here’s another "triple": "Swallowtail Jig." This was made two years after the previous videos, and you can see she’s gotten quite good at the Irish dance steps. The video was made in a hot yoga studio, so she might look a little flushed.

When Hillary was learning to play and dance, she watched an Irish fiddler and dancer named Mairead Nesbitt. They finally got a chance to meet a couple of years ago, and made this video, where they play (and dance to) "Miss McLeod’s Hop High Ladies."

This guest appearance on Huckabee includes a segment on how she got started and how it’s grown from there.

Her website has links to her social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) and is also where you can purchase her two CD’s, her eponymous 2018 debut and her latest, Howdy Y’All. You can buy digital copies at iTunes and Amazon Music. She has a Patreon page as well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Hillary as much as I have.

13 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: The Dancing Fiddler

  1. What a talent she is and she must be in incredible shape! I’m sure she’ll get picked up by some big show like The Riverdance or something.


    1. She is in remarkable physical condition and is a very attractive young woman besides being a performer extraordinaire. Another of those performers that I found pretty much by accident on YouTube, which is the place to find new talent nowadays. Who’d have thought?


  2. Holy smokes is this gal talented!! I can’t pat my head and wipe my tummy at the same time and this girl just takes it to a whole new level. So spirited..love it.

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    1. Thanks! Not many people have seen the post yet. Hillary just impresses the hell out of me. I bought her albums yesterday, and they’re very good. It’s not just the talent as a fiddler, dancer, and singer, or the fact that she’s so good-looking, but it’s the unbridled JOY she brings to it that makes her performances so special. It’s hard to watch her and not come away happy…

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  3. Wow John what an amazing talent I really enjoyed this post, loved the music and the dancing 🎢🎢🎢🎢. I shall definitely be listening and watching more! Thank you for the introduction πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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