What began as friends playing music together in the mountains of West Virginia has quickly developed into one of Appalachia’s hottest Old-Time Stringbands. Officially forming in the Winter of 2017, Big Possum Stringband was first comprised of Tessa Dillon, Henry Barnes and Evan Collins, with the addition of Seth Swingle in early Summer 2018. With all members being well-known award-winning individual musicians, the music that Big Possum makes as a group has everyone listening. While firmly rooted in old-time music, The Possum’s repertoire ranges from both driving, traditional fiddle tunes, to early bluegrass and country numbers that’ll have you up and dancing.


Our latest achievements: Big Possum Stringband won 1st place in the 2018 old-time stringband contest at Clifftop! In addition to the band contest, Henry and Tessa both placed in the 2018 Clifftop fiddle contest. Tessa won 3rd, while Henry won the big first place prize! After Clifftop, we headed to the Galax fiddlers convention where Big Possum won 5th place in the old-time band contest.