Rayna Gellert is one of our favorite fiddlers. Her ability to create and sustain a pulse in solo performance is incredible, second perhaps only to her dad Dan Gellert, who is woefully underrecorded.
Here is a video of Gellert competing at the 2008 Clifftop competition (where she was robbed, taking second place). Her first piece, “Fine Times at Our House,” is a fine example of how she sets up an irresistible rhythm. Also notice how economical her playing is, creating a big sound with very short and controlled bow strokes.