the moxie strings


"The Moxie Strings mix chops with heart"

                                                                                     -Current Magazine


Hailed by The Grand Rapids Press as “top-notch, instrumental wizardry,” The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience two of the world’s best-known instruments through a young, progressive lens. Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn, often joined by percussionist, Fritz McGirr, all hold Bachelor of Music degrees in music performance, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of his/her instrument and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence.  The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many traditions, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary 5-string violin, both through a variety of audio effects pedals. Fritz performs on a mix of world percussionist instruments and drum kit. Their polished, high-energy show and unique sound have quickly made the band one of the country’s most promising instrumental acts.

Having made the exploratory journey from classical music to a world of eclecticism and music creativity, the three have now dedicated their careers to helping young musicians make this life-changing and transformative transition through clinics in school music programs. TMS clinics focus on musical self-discovery and the importance of incorporating socially and culturally relevant genres of music in the music classroom. The band tours extensively both playing shows and teaching clinics. Current Magazine insists that “the future of music could not be in better hands.”

Dune Climb Concert 2014. Approx. 3,000 in attendance 

Past Performances Include:

The Milwaukee Irish Festival

Great American Irish Festival

Founders Brewing Co.

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

Bowling Green University 

The Maryland Irish Festival

The Burren Boston

Traverse City Film Festival 

Texas Music Educators Conference

Michigan Irish Music Festival 

The Intersection Grand Rapids

Manitou Music Festival 

WorldFest Louisville
Fifth Third Ballpark
Colorado Irish Festival
Goose Island Brewing Chicago
St. Andrew’s Highland Games
Annapolis Irish Festival 
Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival
Michigan State University
ArtPrize Grand Rapids
Detroit Athletic Club
Lemoyne College Syracuse 
2010 National Curling Championships

"Stir-crazy" (single) Released October 16, 2015.

The Moxie Strings have shared stages with:

  • Gaelic Storm
  • Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
  • Scythian
  • The Elders
  • Black Violin
  • Brown Bird 

  • As soloists with the Battle Creek Symphony
  • The Ragbirds
  • The Young Dubliners
  • Among many others

Working in partnership with Shar Music to reach more students, teachers, and communities nationwide.


"Eileen" (single) released September 2, 2016