2019 Kansas State Fiddling Champion Tricia Spencer is a local fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old time music from her Grandparents. At an early age, she was perched up on some stage tapping her foot to the beat of fiddles, banjos, mandolins and guitars. While growing up, her free time was spent traveling to festivals and fiddling contests throughout the Midwest where she learned from the likes of Pete McMahan, Cyril Stinnet, Lymon Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase, and Lucy Pierce. Tricia is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has studied with some of the great masters of Midwest and Appalachian fiddling and is highly sought after as a performer, dance fiddler, and instructor. Tricia tours with her husband, Howard Rains under the name Spencer & Rains and with her 6 piece band, The Skeleton Keys. Tricia has performed and taught nationally and internationally, preserving and building upon the traditions of her region. As an instructor, Tricia is known for her unique chordal approach to second fiddling.