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