Haselden (Hasee / "HAY-zee") Ciaccio ("see-AH-ko") is a performer and educator residing in Johnson City, TN. Born and raised on the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Hasee made her way to the Mountain South in 2010 to pursue a study in traditional Appalachian music. Touring around the United States and beyond, she has performed at such notable venues as New York City's Lincoln Center, the Grand Ole Opry, and PBS’s Song of the Mountains. Sharing the stage with artists among the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vince Gill, Molly Tuttle, Ricky Skaggs, and David Grisman, Hasee moves listeners at festivals, in concert halls, and intimate venues alike. Her debut album "HAY" was released in Fall of 2018, featuring traditional stringband music, and top performers of the Oldtime realm. Hasee was a nominee for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year award in the Momentum Award category. Currently touring with Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, among other Bluegrass, Oldtime, and Roots Music acts, Hasee drives the upright bass with honed skill and conviction well beyond her years, and brings Appalachian Flatfoot Dance to the stage with sincerity behind every step. An old soul at heart, she is passionate about delivering Southern song and dance with the genuine warmth and compassion her culture is so deeply steeped in. While off tour, you might find her caning chairs, canning preserves, or sitting on the porch at her house in East Tennessee.
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Haselden endorses D'Addario Orchestral Strings.
Haselden toured to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Africa in 2014 with the North Carolina stringband The Barefoot Movement as an Ambassador of Bluegrass with the United States Embassy. While in Burkina Faso, The Barefoot Movement performed for the Embassy's nationally broadcasted Independence Day Celebration, and were fortunate to spend time exchanging song and dance with local orphanages, women's homes, and primary schools.
In 2014, the International Bluegrass Music Association recognized The Barefoot Movement as the "Band of the Year" in the Momentum Award category. A pioneering member of the innovative roots stringband, Haselden toured with The Barefoot Movement for 5 years.
Haselden attended East Tennessee State University from 2010-2014, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bluegrass, Oldtime, and Country Music, with a minor in Appalachian Studies. While attending, Haselden was a member of the university's esteemed Oldtime Pride Band.
Haselden enjoys teaching at roots music camps, and works with folks in all age groups. She has previously taught at Targhee Music Camp, Bluegrass Camps for Kids, Folk College, and serves as a faculty instructor at Mountain Music School in Big Stone Gap, VA.