Kelsey Wells came into the world with her feet still, her mouth shut, and her eyes wide open. Since then, she has discovered the joys of old-time fiddling, folk dancing, storytelling, and various other traditional arts. Though rooted in the heritage of Appalachian music, she works to create intercultural musical communities and has a keen interest in the fiddling styles of Western North Carolina, southern Sweden, and a few places in between.
Kelsey works in communications and guitar finishing at Gallagher Guitar Co. in Wartrace, Tenn., where her current goals are to make guitars shiny enough to see your reflection in and to teach the shop dog how to “shake”. When she’s not polishing guitars or playing the fiddle, Kelsey likes making crankies and learning to play the mbira.
In 2013, Kelsey traveled to elementary schools in Norway and Denmark to share and perform old-time songs and dances. She was the 2013 U.S. delegate to the world folk music project Ethno Denmark and has worked extensively with the Folk School of Chattanooga and the Musical Heritage Center in Pegram, Tenn.