Lissa Schneckenburger is a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and joy of dance tunes old and new. Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Lissa grew up with music. She began playing fiddle at the age of six, and was soon studying with renowned Maine fiddler Greg Boardman and sitting in with the Maine Country Dance Orchestra. By the time she was in high school Lissa was playing concerts on her own, specializing in the sprightly New England dance tunes that combine influences from the British Isles and Québec with homegrown twists that have been evolving since Colonial days. Lissa was deeply influenced by the diverse musical community that she found at fiddle camps, where she played with and learned from a wide variety of musicians including noted Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser; these experiences have made her a fine and supportive teacher as well.
In 2001, Lissa graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation. She has been performing around the US, Canada, and Europe ever since for a growing audience of enthusiastic listeners. She has recorded nine CDs - six solo and three with various groups (including guitarist Bethany Waickman and pianist Jeremiah McLane. Her 2013 CD "Covers" is a mix of beloved pop songs from the 1950s to today re-imagined with the luscious foundation of fiddle on each selection.
"To me, folk music is anything that creates a feeling of community," Lissa says. "Music that people want to sing along to, dance to, fall in love to... music that brings people together. These songs are part of all of us ..."