Co-founder of the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops and a 2017 MacArthur grant winner, the singer/banjo player/fiddler Rhiannon Giddens masterfully blends American musical genres such as gospel, jazz, blues, and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess. Giddens is back at the festival as the 2018 FreshGrass Composition Commission recipient; she will debut a new long-form piece of music written especially for FreshGrass one night, and will perform a set with a different group of musicians the next.