Rafe Stefanini’s enthusiastic fascination with the southern U.S.’s old-time music picture was the impetus to get a stop by at the U.S. in the first ’80s, as well as the well known fiddler relocated from his indigenous Italy towards the U.S. shortly after. Furthermore to his mastery from the fiddle and banjo, Stefanini is very skilled in violin repair. At once, he was also a violinmaker, having researched under Otello Bignami for four years in Italy’s ECIPAR Violin Producing School. He remaining for Philadelphia in 1984 and fixed tools at both Frederick Oster Good Violins and Primavera Violins. His 1st involvement having a music group happened in Italy, when he and siblings Gianni and Bruno shaped the Moonshine Brothers. When he previously settled within the U.S., Stefanini founded the Wildcats with Carol Elizabeth Jones and Stefan Senders, as well as the music group put out a set of cassettes. The trio toured Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei through the past due ’80s beneath the auspices of america Information Company. With Dirk Powell and Bruce Molsky in 1990, he set up an outfit known as the L-7s, a trio of power fiddlers. When Powell fell out 3 years afterwards and guitarist Bev Smith was put into the combine, the music group became Big Hoedown. Rounder Information released an eponymous Compact disc that showcased Stefanini’s effective fiddling and banjo playing. Stefanini and his bandmates toured so far as Finland and Germany, and in the past due ’90s were highlighted on the Prairie Home Partner. Stefanini collaborated with Meredith McIntosh, John Hermann, and Smith within the Rockinghams. Furthermore to his recovery work and executing and documenting, Stefanini also offers trained throughout Asia, European countries, as well as the U.S.