Written by Bill Kopp | Photos by Olivia Siegel/Olive & West Photography
He’s a gifted fiddler for an award-winning bluegrass band, Asheville’s Town Mountain, as well as an in demand violin maker. But for Jack Devereux, the desire to know more and do better is what drives him every day.
“I was at a party. This drunk girl sat on my violin and busted the head off.”
What could have been an unmitigated disaster instead served as the catalyst for Jack Devereux’s own entry into the world of fiddle making. At the time, nine years ago, Devereux was studying jazz violin at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He owned a fiddle built by Portland, Maine’s Darol Anger (a founding member of the David Grisman Quintet) and noted violin maker Jonathan Cooper. And when the instrument broke, a series of opportunities led him toward making a lifelong hobby into a profession.
The Asheville-born musician had started playing the fiddle at age three. “I had always been interested in violins,” he says. “I tinkered with woodworking, building some string instruments as well. As kids, my brother and I were taking apart pawn shop guitars.”
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