Grace Smith is a fiddle player and clog dancer from Teesside. She graduated with First Class Honours on the BMus Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University in 2015 and with a Distinction from the MMus course there in 2017 too. Grace is an experienced performer, playing with several bands as well as solo. In 2018, she was awarded a Seed Funding bursary from the English Folk Dance and Song Society as part of the PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partnership, and this project led to the formation of the Grace Smith Trio, featuring Sam Partridge and Bevan Morris. She also received a bursary from the Instep Research Team in 2020 to research and develop clog dancing opportunities in the High Peak. Grace has also performed at festivals and venues across Europe with Monster Ceilidh Band, The Rachel Hamer Band, a duo with Sam Partridge and various ceilidh bands.
Grace also has a passion for teaching and is in high demand as a tutor. She has taught in several settings for a wide range of ages and abilities, including for Folkworks Junior Summer School, North East Fiddle School, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company, Lancashire Music Hub, Newcastle Music Service, Newcastle University, Sage Gateshead, and Cream Tees (Music at the Heart of Teesdale). Grace also teaches on a private basis in Derbyshire.
“Fiddler, singer and dancer Grace Smith always brings her many musical facets together in an innovative and creative way- expect a real gem!” Catriona Macdonald, Shetland Fiddler and Degree Programme Director: BA in Folk and Traditional Music, Newcastle University.