Aynsley Porchak began playing fiddle at the age of 9. She was introduced to bluegrass through the music of Kenny Baker and Bobby Hicks, and quickly fell in love with the music. In order to further hone her craft, Aynsley enrolled in East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies degree program in 2013, and shortly thereafter became a member of the university’s Bluegrass, Celtic, and Country Pride Bands.
Aynsley is also an experienced contest fiddler. She was Blessed to win the Grand Master Fiddler Championship in 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, and in 2017, she also became the Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, making her the first person to win both competitions.
Aynsley recently completed her Appalachian Studies master’s degree at East Tennessee State University, and is currently working with the B. Carroll Reece Museum on an educational video series entitled “Recollections at the Reece: The Music of Our Home." She also is passionate about teaching and giving back to the music that she loves so much. Aynsley feels very blessed and honored to be playing with Carolina Blue, and is thankful to be playing with such talented musicians and even greater people!