Lynn Wells, oldtime Missouri fiddler from Boonsboro, Missouri, playing for the lunchtime crowd at the Cherry Street Artisan, REALLY made everyone sit up and listen! We eventually got Mike Robertson to record us live (April 2004), and the CD came out in 2010. Twelve HARD-DRIVING Missouri tunes, with Kevin Hennessy on bass tracked later at Pete Szkolka’s studio. That’s “LYNN WELLS + Pippa Letsky, LIVE! at the Cherry Street Artisan.”

OLDTIME FIDDLERS, outside the Music Department, Lowry Mall, MU campus in 1991. Photo by the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center.

Left to right: unknown kid clogging, Pippa, Pete McMahan, Charlie Walden (hiding behind Pete), Dean Franklin on acoustic bass (hiding behind Taylor), Taylor McBaine, Kenny Applebee on guitar, Norma Applebee, and I don’t know the piano player’s name, and Howard Marshall. The kid was clogging real well, which is how come all folks are watching him.

For news about traditional oldtime Missouri fiddlers, try the Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Network site, including photos of the Taylor McBaine Memorial Contest, 2007, where Pippa played with Gene Stevens (backup guitar), and together we took third place in the senior division!

UPDATE FROM JULY 4, 2010, the seventh annual Independence Day Boonsboro Fiddle Competition…. Pippa took second place in the Senior Division! I got the trophy to prove it! Many thanks to Junior Marriott and Kathy Gordon for first-rate backup.