The Moxie Strings is the electrifying combination of fiddler, Diana Ladio, cellist, Alison Lynn and percussionist, Fritz McGirr. With their feel-good melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms, this trio has put a fresh, enticing spin on Americana music. Though rooted in tradition, The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience three of the world’s best-known instruments through a young, progressive lens. The ensemble calls on Celtic, Canadian, Bluegrass, Rock, Jazz and Old Time influences to create their unique, American hybrid that exemplifies the United State’s identity as a melting pot of traditions. Diana, Alison and Fritz hold Bachelor of Music degrees in music performance and music education, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of his/her instrument, and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence. Diana and Alison perform on newly invented, electric instruments, and Fritz on a variety of world percussion instruments in celebration of their generation’s redefinition of folk music. The Moxie Strings write the majority of their pieces, and also arrange indigenous tunes from many different countries and genres.
Soon after forming in 2007, The Moxie Strings were inspired to not only perform, but also to teach. Having made the exploratory journey from classical music to a world of eclecticism and musical creativity, the three have now dedicated their careers to helping young musicians make this life-changing and inspiring transition.
The Moxie Strings have taught enrichment clinics in over 40 schools throughout the US, and also present on their research and methodologies to many teachers at music education professional development conferences. During most clinics, the group performs for students on electric instruments, teaches music by ear, and introduces non-classical playing styles. The Moxie Strings have researched and created an innovative sequence of activities designed to teach improvisation to classically trained musicians, which they employ at every clinic. They have written several orchestra pieces to be performed with school programs, and often perform with students on community concerts. The Moxie Strings deliver their message in a fun, accessible way, and stand before students as an illustration of the many opportunities that music holds.
The band is now based in southern Michigan, and tours routinely throughout the United States both playing shows and teaching clinics. The Moxie Strings’ ear-catching originals, dance-worthy, traditional tunes, and dedication to inspiring young musicians have quickly made it one of the country’s most promising instrumental acts.