Eleanor

Eleanor Mayerfeld is the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair Fiddle Grand Champion. She is also the 2011 Frontenac Old Time Music Fiddle Champion, the youngest winner ever. She studies violin with Eugene Purdue, and has also studied fiddling withShauncey Ali and Chris Wagoner. She is a twelth grader at West High School in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Eleanor was born in Ames, Iowa, and has lived in Dunedin, New Zealand; in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England; and in Avignon, France.

Mike

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Mike Bell cut his musical teeth with the Outhouse Shouters, a family string band with his two brothers, his father, and an older cousin. Since then, he has played in many groups, most notably the Barn Owl Band, with whom he appeared on the National Public Radio Show A Prairie Home Companion. Mike is a composer and his folk tunes have been recorded by many folk artists. Lately he has been writing for and performing with the Madison class-grass group Graminy, while continuing his classical composition.

For his day job, Mike is a Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, and the author or editor of eight books, three of which have won national awards. His main research specialty are environmental sociology and sustainable agriculture. You can read more about his day job, and also about his classical composition, HERE.