Mary Simpson Musical Artist
Mary Simpson is an American professional violinist, mostly noted for her work with Yanni, Walker's Run, and Gary Ruley and Mule Train. She is a founding member of The Whiskey Rebellion band. Simpson's father, a documented descendant of Pocahontas, plays banjo and her Chinese mother is a classically-trained pianist. She is the sister of noted violinist Ann Marie Calhoun and her brothers play guitar. She began learning to play violin at the age of five. She says she grew up listening to her sister play. Like her sister she played bluegrass music in her family band. According to Simpson, "her classical background gives her a wider variety of tones and better control of her sound than she would have had she only studied bluegrass. Mary attended Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia. She has a degree in economics from the University of Virginia. Mary Simpson, Roy Myers, Ryan Phillips, and David Cosper connected the summer of 2005 at the Maury River Fiddler’s Convention in Buena Vista, VA. Myers and Phillips had been performing around Richmond while Simpson and Cosper appeared in Charlottesville while studying music at the University of Virginia.