A native of the Potomac Highlands region of the Appalachian Mountains , Shawn Craver is a genuine carrier of the Appalachian tradition learning his first ballads and fiddle tunes from friends and family. Shawn has played rock, blues, and bluegrass in his career, but it is the unique versions of ballads and fiddle tunes that he always returns to. Playing thousands of shows over the past 30 years, Shawn Craver has shared concert and festival stages with Chris Thile, bluegrass legend Tim O'Brien, and Ireland's beloved Altan.
A published poet and artist, Shawn holds a Masters in Theology from Newman University and recently served as a panelist with New York Times best selling author Maria Davanah Headley. A multi-instrumentalist, Shawn Craver is a 5 time Maryland State Banjo (Old-Time) Champion, Mid-Atlantic Mandolin Champion, and a recent main-stage performer at the Kansas State Fiddle Championship.
Shawn Craver's short stories and poems have appeared in Coelacanth Literary Journal, And/Both Magazine, Garrett College Literary Journal, Outrider Podcast, and America's Best Emerging Writers. A recent speaker at the Wichita, Kansas University Friends Congregation, Shawn is available for interviews and speaking engagements and promotes the mystical aspect of music and spirituality. Read a recent interview with Shawn here...
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