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Shauncey Ali is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, author and entrepreneur who blazes a creative path in the acoustic music world.  A classically-trained violist turned self-taught fiddler, Shauncey's voice is rooted in traditional Americana and Celtic fiddle styles. The result is a unique sound that has been described as "...precise, thoughtful and unexpected."

Shauncey has performed, recorded and taught in the U.S., Canada, Italy, Spain and Scotland.  He is currently a member of the Katie McNally Trio, who released their second full-length album Now More Than Ever in 2020.  Shauncey created and directs MadFiddle, a youth development program that has become an anomaly in the music education world.  He also appears as an artist at string camps, workshops and schools, and maintains a private studio.


Ali's recent release,  Backcountry Ramble: A Collection of Original Fiddle Tunes is a tune book and companion cd featuring all original compositions.  His newest publication, MadFiddle Vol. 1: Fiddle Tunes & Folk Songs, is an instructional tune/songbook that showcases selections from the curriculum he developed for MadFiddle.   

As a 3rd grader, Shauncey began playing viola in the school strings program.  After years of classical instruction, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he played in the symphony by day and in clubs by night.  In 2011, Shauncey appeared with Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra to headline Summerfest, one of the world's largest music festivals.  In 2014 he won the RockyGrass fiddle contest and was featured in Fiddler Magazine in 2017.   


Past and ongoing collaborations also include artists such as The Old Tin Can String Band, SweetGrass and Chicken Wire Empire (bluegrass), The BriarPickers (old-time), Blake Thomas and Hayward Williams (singer-songwriter), Buffalo Gospel (country/Americana), WheelHouse, Kadence and Fever Marlene (rock), Gaines and Wagoner (jazz/Americana) and Graminy (class-grass).

Shauncey is the creator of Strapsey, offering a decorative line of instrument case straps for stringed instruments.  Strapsey supports some of the most inspiring musicians and prominent music dealers in the country. 

Teacher of the Year (2016)

Madison Area Music Association

Song of the Year (2016)

Song for Kacy

Madison Area Music Association

Album of the Year (2016)

Dance of the Plants, Graminy

Madison Area Music Association

Song of the Year (2014)

March of the Cranes

Madison Area Music Association

Album of the Year (2014)

Germinations, Graminy

Madison Area Music Association

RockyGrass Fiddle Champion (2014)

Wisconsin Fiddle Champion (2007)

UW-Madison Music Clinic Scholarship Recipient (2000)


Now More Than Ever (2020)

Katie McNally Trio 

Live at The Brink Lounge, (2019)


On the First Bell (2018)

Buffalo Gospel


Youth Ensemble of the Year (2020)

MadFiddle & Highway 151

Madison Area Music Association

Unique Song of the Year (2022)

Vivian's Waltz

Madison Area Music Association

The Boston States (2016)

Katie McNally Trio



Road Trippin' (2019)

MadFiddle & Highway 151

Long Journey Home (2018)

MadFiddle & Highway 151

Live at the Stoughton Opera House (2017)

MadFiddle & Highway 151

Live at the Stoughton Opera House (2016)

MadFiddle & Highway 151

Live at Old Music Hall (2015)

MadFiddle & Highway 151

Dance of the Plants (2016)


Germinations: A Bluegrass Symphony in D (2014)


Water Grass Place (2011)


Cotton Bell (2009)

Hayward Williams 

Long Lonesome Road EP (2009)


Flatlands (2008)

Blake Thomas

40 Minutes (2007)

Blake Thomas

Civil War (2007)

Fever Marlene

Real Like Theater (2005)

Blake Thomas & The Downtown Brown

Autumn Let Me Know (2002)


Caught in a Butterfly Net (1999)

Scott Starr

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