Deb Shebish is a dynamic fiddler and educator originally from Whiting, Indiana. She fell in love with old-time, Irish, and bluegrass fiddling in Bloomington, Indiana in 1998 and was greatly influenced by the musicians there. In 2000, Deb met Joe Dawson, (1928-2012), an old-time fiddler from south-central Indiana who grew up deeply immersed in the traditional music of the area. She loves to share his unique style and repertoire that she learned from his weekly living room jams.
Deb has performed and taught at dances, festivals, and concerts throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe at venues such as the The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, the Kelly House in Philadelphia for the Prince of Monaco, the United States Air Force Academy, the Waterford Tall Ships Festival in Ireland, the Leith Folk Club in Scotland, Bangor Celtic Crossroads, and the Department of Irish Studies at Villanova University.
Deb holds a Masters Degree in Scottish Studies from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Indiana State University. Her masters thesis focused on how traditional fiddle is taught to youth in the Orkney Isles, Scotland. She has contributed to two Greentrax Scottish Traditions CD’s: Orkney: Land Sea and Community and Chokit On A Tattie. She released her first album, Kitchen Fiddle, in September 2015 and is currently working on the documentary film Hoosier Fiddlers: Celebrating Indiana’s Fiddle Traditions.