Marcy Cochran

bios_marcy_largeMarcy grew up backstage at Wolftrap, the Kennedy Center, and the National Gallery of Art, the daughter of a classical violinist who played in the orchestras for all the concerts, dance, opera, and musical theater that came through those venues. Mom had hopes of making a classical musician out of her early on with violin and piano lessons, but as a kid she had the attention span of a flea, and it didn’t take. By high school she got inspired and dove in to study voice seriously, singing with several high school choral groups and with the George Mason Chorale. She taught herself guitar, and wrote and sang songs in college while working towards an art degree.

She became a professional graphic designer, got busy with life, and forgot about playing music for a while. But over the years living in the DC area, listening to folk music locally on WAMU and WETA radio, and taking in DC’s great live music scene, she was eventually overwhelmed with the urge to make music of her own again.

So, to ring in the new millennium, Marcy took up fiddling. She couldn’t find a teacher in the DC area, so she packed up her great grandfather’s fiddle and headed for the woods of Tennessee. Mark O’Connor’s Nashville fiddle camp was a week of mind-blowing, life-altering total immersion, and she returned for 3 more summers after that. There she learned from, and was awe-struck by, Bruce Molsky, Daniel Carwile, Casey Driessen, Buddy Spicher, Johnny Frigo, Aubrey Haynie, Mark Wood, Christian Howes and Victor Lin, and got to savor John Hartford’s fiddling out on the front porch. She fell in love with all styles of fiddling– the whole point of Mark’s camp– but especially old-time and Appalachian, which she has pursued and soaked up ever since. Thanks to the Nashville Old-time String Band Association (NOTSBA), many kind old-time musicians in the DC area, and Kentucky fiddling friend Sheila Nichols, she’s had a lot of help learning, and has gotten to play along with and learn from a number of master fiddlers and musicians including Alan Jabbour, Bob Townsend, Clyde Davenport, Bruce Greene, Don Pedi, Speedy Tolliver, Tony Ellis and the marvelous left-handed fiddler Charlie Acuff.

Marcy’s day job is as a freelance graphic designer and motion graphics animator, and in her “spare time” she’s co-producing a documentary on the music of John Hartford with Louisville fiddler and photographer Sheila Nichols. For more about that see:

The photographs on this page were taken by Brett Davis in the chapel and on the grounds of Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.


2 Responses to Marcy Cochran

  1. Linda Baer

    I LOVED your fiddling at the Athenaeum on May 3, 2014! Thanks for the rich tones!