About

Over the past eight years, Tatiana Hargreaves has been on the forefront of an up and coming generation of old time, bluegrass and new acoustic musicians. Since releasing her first solo album “Started Out To Ramble” in 2009, Tatiana has toured with musicians such as Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger, and Bruce Molsky. From placing first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest, to her bluegrass fiddling on Laurie Lewis’ GRAMMY-nominated album The Hazel And Alice Sessions, Hargreaves shows a musical fluency that flows between old time and bluegrass worlds with ease.

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In Tatiana's most recent project, she joins forces with clawhammer banjo innovator Allison de Groot (Molsky’s Mountain Drifters). Described as a “can’t-miss pair in 2019,” by Paste Magazine, de Groot & Hargreaves create a sound that is adventurous, masterful, and original, as they expand on the eccentricities of old songs, while never losing sight of what makes them endure. The duo not only showcases impressive musicianship, but reflects on which voices we seek to hear as we explore the expansive, diverse canon of American roots music. Their new album on Free Dirt Records is a powerful opening statement that has been called “a big step forward” (CBC Q). You can order the album HERE. Tatiana’s other current project “Hard Drive” features Sonya Badigian, Aaron Tacke and Nokosee Fields and incorporates a combination of old-time, bluegrass and Texas fiddle repertoire.

Tatiana Hargreaves is a versatile, powerful, and deep musician. Not “just” a damn good fiddler. These days, it’s rare to find a combination of great technique and something worthwhile to say. The Hoss has it all.
— Laurie Lewis

As an educator, Tatiana draws upon her performing experience as well as her academic background to combine history with musical technique and stylistic commentary, engaging her students with more than just the tunes. She currently teaches bluegrass fiddle at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has taught at music camps such as Augusta Heritage Center’s old-time week, The Swanannoa Gathering and the Rockygrass Academy. She has also presented about the history of old-time and bluegrass music at academic institutions such as Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and  El Institute Superior del Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba. To learn more about Tatiana's teaching, visit her teaching page.

A wonderful and talented presence on the old-time and bluegrass music scene, Tatiana brings to all of her music (besides amazing chops) a true curiosity, an understanding and appreciation for the breadth and depth of the well from which she draws—and the possibilities of who knows what might be. A fine young player and singer—and friend.
— Alice Gerrard
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In 2012 and 2013, Tatiana participated in the prestigious Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival, collaborating with other young musicians to explore contemporary approaches to traditional music. Here she met bassist Ethan Jodziewicz (Sierra Hull), with whom she recorded an EP in 2015.

In the winter of 2015 Hargreaves also participated in the Dosti Music Project, a State Department funded program that brought together musicians from Pakistan, India and the US for a month of musical diplomacy and collaboration. With Dosti, Hargreaves held a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and performed at venues such as Snug Harbor in New Orleans, LA and SXSW in Austin, TX.  

In May of 2017 Tatiana graduated from Hampshire College with a BA degree in ethnomusicology with her thesis: “That One Time at Fiddle Camp…: The Emergence of the Fiddle Camp Phenomenon and its Influence on Contemporary American Fiddle Music."

Tatiana plays a John Sullivan 5-string fiddle and a Jonathan Cooper 4-string fiddle and uses D’Addario strings.

Tatiana plays and sings with such a pure connection to tradition, and also a total freedom with it. You get the sense that she can do anything she wants because there’s an expansive musical mind at work.
— Michael Daves