Finalists

rob hecht

Rob Hecht

New York-based fiddler Rob Hecht left his stamp on countless records in just ten years on the scene. He appeared on Abigail Washburn’s Tiny Desk Concert, guested with bygone-swing kings Cangelosi Cards, and has worked in-studio with Noam Pikelny. He brings his trademark blend of old-time, jazz, and classical to the Hunter Center stage.

bronwyn keith-hynes

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes is quickly becoming one of the country’s most in-demand fiddle players, appearing onstage recently with Peter Rowan, The Milk Carton Kids, Anais Mitchell, Joe Pug, and Tony Trischka. Last year, she won first prize in the Walnut Valley Fiddle Competition in Winfield, Kansas, arguably the highest honor in the field. She also appears at the festival with her band, Mile Twelve.

carolyn kendrick

Carolyn Kendrick

Fiddler Carolyn Kendrick began playing violin at the age of four. Now a student at Berklee School of Music and a member of the Berklee World Strings, Kendrick culls her fiddle style from a wide range of genres that include roots music, jazz, and funk.

avery merritt

Avery Merritt

Avery Merritt has played violin since the age of four and is equally at home in classical, bluegrass, rock, and jazz repertoire. He is currently enrolled in the Berklee College of Music American Roots Music program. This is his first FreshGrass festival.

kathleen parks

Kathleen Parks

At the age of 20, Kathleen Parks is already a world-class innovator on the fiddle. The daughter of jazz trumpeter Eric Parks and hailing from a deep-rooted Irish family, she fuses these two threads in her playing style and compositions. You may recognize her from FreshGrass 2014 Band Award winner Twisted Pine.