Erin Aldridge has been playing violin since she was two and a half years old. Today, she’s the concertmaster of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and a professor at the University of Wisconsin Superior. To many, she may be the reigning queen of classical, but in recent years she’s found a new calling.
As a fiddler in Danny Frank & the Smoky Gold, she brings her traditional knowledge and skill to a new style. And in the wild, rowdy, and high-speed world of bluegrass, she’s found something she didn’t know she was missing. Reporter Emily Haavik tells the story.