"Shawn Craver's fiddling lights a fire inside a person. A prodigy from an early age, his virtuosic presentation of Appalachian music creates an experience both universal and personal to the audience. Shawn has shared festival stages with Chris Thile, Altan, and Tim O'Brien." -Wichita Eagle

SHAWN CRAVER is available SOLO (fiddle/vocals), as a DUO (fiddle and guitar), and with the FULL STAGE EXPERIENCE of APPALACHIAN SKY BAND!

Shawn Craver is a fiddler who grew up in and specializes in the old time music of the Potomac Highlands of Appalachia along Route 219 (what is now called “The Mountain Music Trail”). Shawn is a seasoned performer whose stage show includes fiddle tunes, authentic mountain ballads, and humorous stories and lore from his moonshining grandfather and what it was like growing up in rural Appalachia in the 1970s and 80s. Shawn has shared festival stages with Chris Thile, Dick Kimmel, Tim O'Brien, Dervish, Nashville Bluegrass Band and and others. He's played shows for and received sponsorships from NPR, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the State of Maryland.

Tradition with modern virtuosity.
— Coolfont Foundation. Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

A multi-instrumentalist, Shawn Craver is a 4 time Maryland State Banjo (clawhammer) Champ, Mid-Atlantic Mandolin Champ, fiddler, guitarist, ballad singer, and a leading exponent of traditional music of the Allegheny and Potomac Highlands. He is also a singer-songwriter and rock n roller who picks up the electric guitar when his fiddle needs a break.

Be sure to see Shawn Craver play live, every chance you can...
— Hutchinson News


Traditional fiddle tunes, authentic ballads, and dancing…

A full stage band experience, Appalachian Sky is the fiddling of Shawn Craver, the deft groove of Joshua Luper's Collings dreadnought guitar, the cutting-edge beats of former metal-head turned bones player Jeremy Blaes, and the precision three-finger Gibson banjo playing of Cassi Dahlinger. The band specializes in traditional pre-bluegrass Appalachian music, including centuries-old fiddle tunes and haunting mountain ballads. Pat Audley of Wichita, Kansas’s legendary roots music venue simply calls Appalachian Sky, “The best…”


North Texas Irish Festival Dallas Texas,

Sioux River Folk Festival Canton South Dakota,

KS State Fiddling & Picking Championships Lawrence Kansas,

The Friendly Inn Ellicott City Maryland,

Owl and Monkey San Francisco California,

Cross Ranch Bluegrass Festival Cross Ranch North Dakota,

Winfield Art in the Park Winfield Kansas,

Pipestone Performing Arts Pipestone Minnesota,

Society For the Preservation of Bluegrass Music,

Downtown Concert Series Helena Montana,

Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Association Winter Weekend,

Pearl Street Mall Boulder Colorado,

Cumberland Maryland Celtic Festival,

Spencer Iowa Bluegrass Festival,

Garrett Community College McHenry Maryland,

Coolfont Concert Series Berkelely Springs West Virginia,

Mankato State University Mankota Minnesota,

Riverfest Wichita Kansas,

Mt. Grove Bluegrass Festival Mt. Grove West Virginia,

The Tiffany Tavern Alexandria Virginia,

Renfrew Museum Waynesboro Pennsylvania,

Songwriter Showcase Branson Missouri,

Maxwells Morgantown West Virginia,

Cumberland Rail Festival Cumberland Maryland,

Big Island Rendezevous Albert Lea Minnesota,

Chisholm Trail Festival Abilene Kansas,

Chatauqua Bismarck North Dakota,

Chapel Hill Concert Series Wichita Kansas,

Highland Festival McHenry Maryland,

Old Courthouse Concert Series Sioux Falls South Dakota,

And many more...


DUO-Fiddle and guitar

Shawn Craver and Joshua Luper

Shawn Craver is available as a duo with Joshua Luper on guitar where they explore the subtleties of traditional Appalachian music.

Shawn Craver is a perfect example of where the Celtic musical heritage of western Maryland came from, where it’s been, and where it’s going.
— Chuck Dicken. Cumberland Celtic Festival.