Mariel Vandersteel is a musician, educator, graphic designer and visual artist currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Mariel has established herself as a folk musician of multiple styles, recorded her first solo album, Hickory, lived in Norway while studying the hardingfele, toured Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Bangladesh and has performed across North America multiple times while touring with Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards. Her interest in world culture and hand crafted folk art along with obsessing over the process of watching Hickory's artwork come to life, has led to an interest in graphic design and she has worked with several New England area musicians on CD design, posters and other promotional material. Mariel has performed and taught nationally and internationally with Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, The Three Irish Tenors, Emma Beaton, Annalivia, Putnam Smith and participated in the Savannah Music Festival’s first Acoustic Music Seminar working with artists Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, and Chris Thile. Mariel is either currently teaching violin lessons privately and at the Club Passim School of Music, performing locally, hugging dogs or finding something creative to explore.