About

Dakota Karper

Appalachian fiddler and Vocalist

Dakota Karper was born and raised in rural West Virginia where she grew up surrounded by Old-Time Appalachian String Band music. From a young age she took to this music with great abandon. Absorbing as much as possible, she apprenticed under fiddler Joe Herrmann, spent weeks at Augusta Heritage Center, and various music festivals in and around West Virginia as well as studying classical violin at the Shenandoah Arts Academy in Winchester, VA. After living in Baltimore, MD for 7 years, Dakota moved back to her roots in Capon Bridge, WV where she is now teaching Appalachian fiddle , as well as performing in the the surrounding areas.  Dakota was a founding member of the 'Short Mountain String Band', and "Hay Fever" and has most recently been performing as a duo with cellist Brendan Hearn. In 2019 Dakota opened her own traditional roots music school called 'The Cat and The Fiddle'.  Whether performing, teaching, or jamming, Dakota is always looking for a way to share her passion for mountain music. Find out more at www.dakotakarper.com

Latest Track

The self titled album 'Hay Fever' released by Dakota's band, 'Hay Fever' in June 2018 is now available for purchase on Amazon, itunes and and Spotify. 

SHOWS

Check back often for updates on where you can find Dakota playing in your area!

Date Event Location
Brendan Hearn and Dakota Karper at Germano's Germano's , Baltimore, MD Germano's , Baltimore, MD
Brendan Hearn & Dakota Karper - Asparagus Media Recording (WITH LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE!) Asparagus Media, Takoma Park, MD Asparagus Media, Takoma Park, MD
Brendan Hearn & Dakota Karper at Rockwood Music Hall - Stage 1 Rockwood Music Hall , New York City, NY Rockwood Music Hall , New York City, NY
Brendan Hearn & Dakota Karper at Mount Airy Violins and Bows Mount Airy Violins and Bows, Philadelphia, PA Mount Airy Violins and Bows, Philadelphia, PA
Brendan Hearn and Dakota Karper at Four Hour Day Four Hour Day, Baltimore, MD Four Hour Day, Baltimore, MD
Dakota Karper / Ben Townsend / Mike Everson - Private Event Capon Bridge, WV Capon Bridge, WV
Dakota Karper & Ben Townsend - Private Event  
Dakota Karper & Ben Townsend at Hampshire Highlands Music and Arts Festival Romney, WV, Romney, WV Romney, WV, Romney, WV
Double Duo Show: Brendan Hearn & Dakota Karper / Morgan Morrison & Fiddlin' Dave at Barns of Rose Hill Barns of Rose Hill , Berryville, VA Barns of Rose Hill , Berryville, VA
 —  — Brendan Hearn & Dakota Karper at Gloria's Listening Room Gloria's Listening Room , Warrenton, VA Gloria's Listening Room , Warrenton, VA
Dakota Karper at The River House The River House, Capon Bridge, WV The River House, Capon Bridge, WV

Fiddler Photos