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Billy Mathews is known far and wide across this land for his musical skill and old-time fiddlin' and pickin' ability. He has traveled extensively throughout the Midwest for over 30 years. Kinships have earned him a considerable amount of notoriety and recognition throughout old-time traditional music circles.
Billy continues to collect and play a huge repertoire of old-time fiddle tunes, as evidenced by his 500 Tunes recording project. He has already made a sizable and significant contribution to our American musical culture and there is no end in sight!
Billy has been performing as a professional musician for the past 35 years and has at least 14 different recordings.
As a member of the internationally acclaimed old time string band, "The Skirtlifters"; Billy has shared the stage with such noteworthy musicians as Joe Burke, John Koener, John Hartford, The Fiddle Puppets, Mike Seeger, De Dannan and Bill Monroe.
Billy has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the country including The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, The Brandywine Festival and The Savannah Folk Festival.
Still residing in the Ozark Mountains, Billy continues working on music projects. He keeps busy by traveling throughout the country for workshops, concerts and other special events, playing his huge repertoire of old-time fiddle and banjo tunes. It'll get your feet a tappin' and your heels a clickin'!
Billy plays several other instruments, including the piano, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjolin.