A new strings initiative

The Moxie Strings 


The Moxie Strings (Running in Squares)
Smile On/ 3 Ft. Deep
The Moxie Strings (Running in Squares)
Rocky Road to Dublin/ On the Fritz
The Moxie Strings (Running in Squares)


"When it comes to The Moxie Strings, the name says it all"


For all booking inquiries:


(734) 276-9066  or  (616) 635-0272

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Awards and Honors: 

  1. Featured Clinicians at the Michigan Band & Orchestra Association’s 1st Alternative Styles Day at Michigan State University.

  1. Nominated for several Detroit Music Awards

  1. Accepted as members of the 2012-2015 Michigan Humanities Council Touring Directory

  1. Finalists in the U.S. Department of State’s American Music Abroad Program

  1. Sponsored by national strings provider, Shar Music.

  1. Accepted to compete in the 2012 ArtPrize Competition

  1. Clinicians at the 2012 and 2013 Michigan Music Conference

  1. Clinicians at the 2012 Ohio Music Educator’s Conference

  1. Clinicians at the 2012 Chicago Midwest Clinic

  1. Clinicians at the 2013 and 2014 Texas Music Educators’ Conference

"Top-notch instrumental wizardry"

-John Sinkevics

The Grand Rapids Press


Promotional Video 2013

The Moxie Strings is the electrifying combination of fiddler, Diana Ladio, and cellist, Alison Lynn. With their feel-good melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms, these girls have put a fresh, enticing spin on Celtic and Americana music. Though rooted in tradition, The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience two of the world’s best-known instruments and oldest genres through a young, progressive lens. Diana and Alison often join forces with dynamic drummer and world percussionist, Fritz McGirr, to create a high-energy trio proven to captivate any audience. The Moxie Strings’ ear-catching originals and dance-worthy, traditional tunes have quickly made it one of Michigan’s most promising and well-loved instrumental acts.

While the two can light up the stage, The Moxie Strings have also dedicated their careers to introducing new genres of music to string students, and preaching the importance of non-classical music in music education. They have taught clinics in over 50 schools throughout the country and presented at many music education professional development conferences. 

"The Moxie Strings mix chops with heart"

                                                                                                 -Current Magazine

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
  • 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

Click below for a glimpse into the exciting lives of the Moxies! 

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
The Moxie Strings comes in many configurations so to provide exactly the sound your event or venue is looking for. The two typically perform on violin and electric cello, and add percussion to provide a bigger, more energized sound for the appropriate venues. Diana and Alison also perform on acoustic instruments for smaller or more traditional occasions. 

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

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