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 the Akira Satake Band. She also plays wit a swing and traditional vocal group, Firefly and cello solo classical and celtic music for weddings, parties and conferences. 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 and teaches at Fiddle Week at the Swannanoa Gathering.



  3. Mon. Jan. 29 Monday Dance with Laura Light and Paul Moore

  4.                     Center for Art and Spirit at St George’s

  5.                     1 School Road, Asheville, NC 28806

  6. Thur. Feb. 1 Old Farmers’ Ball Contra Dance with Laura Light and

  7.                     Paul Moore  Warren Wilson College

  8. Sat. Feb. 3   River Falls Lodge Dance with Laura Light and Paul

  9.                     Moore Greenville SC   

  10. Sun. Feb. 4  English Country Dance with Karen Gaughan, Nora

  11.                     Garver.  Homewood, 19 Zillicoa St., Asheville, NC                   


  13. Tue. Mar 20  solo cello at The Biltmore Estate conservatory,

  14.                     Asheville      11:00-3:30 

  15. Sat. Mar 31  solo cello at The Biltmore Estate conservatory,        

  16.                    Asheville     11:00-3:30

  17. Sat. Apr. 21  StrathSpan at The Biltmore Estate conservatory,        

  18.                    Asheville     11:00-3:30

  19. Wed. May. 9  solo cello at The Biltmore Estate conservatory,        

  20.                    Asheville     11:00-3:30

  21. May 25-28    FolkMADness Dance Week.

  22.                     with Nearest and Dearest.   Soccoro NM

  23. Jul 1-6        Cumberland Dance Week








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