Julia's magical youth was aswirl with traditional old time music, handcrafts, folk dancing, baroque ensembles,  church choirs.  She studied cello from the age of 12, harmonized in a vocal group, toured with a puppetry theater, performed and sang in summer theater, morris danced and contra danced her way through her early years.  In 1980, Julia returned to the family home place near Black Mountain, NC and has lived there in a cabin built by her grandfather ever since. 

For 13 seasons she played cello with the Asheville Symphony, meanwhile moonlighting on the fiddle, playing traditional old-time, New England and Celtic music for square dances,  contra dances and in listening halls. She was the artistic director of the legendary Black Mountain Festival for many years.  Among her performance and teaching venues:  the LEAF, the Black Mountain Festival, Berea Country Dance School, Pinewoods, Moondance, the Gypsy Meltdown,  Folkmoot International, and the Biltmore Estate.

Julia plays solo cello and performs regionally with celtic fiddler, Nora Garver as StrathSpan. She also plays with a swing and traditional vocal group, Firefly, and with contra dance band Sugar High (with Laura Light and Paul Moore). Julia has recorded on CDs of various artists including  singers Heidi Talbot, Vollie MacKenzie, and Mock Turtle Soup.  In 2004 she released her own acclaimed debut CD, The View from Here. Julia’s latest project uses solo cello with a looper to create meditative music for Yoga.

Julia is the coordinator of Fiddle Week at the Swannanoa Gathering.

Listen on Sound Cloud:
Young Man Who Wouldn’t Raise Corn (trad.)
jULiA Weatherford, vocals, guitar, fiddle
Pearl Angeline Shirley, harmony vocals


  3. Thur. Dec. 22     solo cello at The Biltmore Estate second floor,   Asheville     6 PM

  4. Tues. Dec. 27     solo cello at The Biltmore Estate second floor,   Asheville     6 PM

  5. Mon. Jan.  23        Monday Contra

  6.                            with Sugar High (Laura Light and Paul Moore).


  8. Thurs. Jan. 27    Old Farmer’s Ball

  9.                         with Sugar High (Laura Light and Paul Moore) Bryson Gym, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa

  10.                         8:00-11:00

  11. Sun. Feb. 19     English Country Dance with Nora Garver and Karen Gaughan

  12.                         Homewood, 17 Zillicoa St, Asheville NC 28801

  13.                         lessons at 3:30, regular program from 4-6:30

  14. July 2-7 2017    Cumberland Dance Week, NaCoMe Camp & Conference Center, Pleasantville, Tennessee







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