Libby Weitnauer is a fiddle player, violinist, singer, and educator currently based in Brooklyn, NY, but raised in her musical community of East Tennessee.
She has earned degrees in classical violin performance from both DePaul University and New York University and has studied traditional music with teachers including Matt Brown, Rayna Gellert, and GRAMMY Award winner Dom Flemons. While at NYU, Libby served on adjunct faculty teaching undergraduate students and immersed herself in the musical community of New York City. It was during this time that she formed Brooklyn-based stringband Ginny’s Kitchen and met banjo-fiddler Jake Blount with whom she formed acclaimed duo, Tui. Tui has since released their debut album, Pretty Little Mister, named Best North American Album of 2019 by World Music Central. In 2019, Libby spent time subbing in the Broadway revival of Oklahoma! and looks forward to joining the touring ensemble in the fall of 2020. In addition to performing, she has presented research at the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, and she is currently working on a body of research around Blount County music.
In both research and performance, Libby finds inspiration exploring the depths and boundaries of Appalachian music and people.
Information about Tui can be found at http://tuiband.com