About

Avril Smith is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. She started playing guitar at a young age and is widely recognized as a highly accomplished electric and acoustic guitarist and mandolin player.

Avril currently plays guitar in several touring Americana, bluegrass and alt country projects including  with mandolinist Joe K. Walsh; with award-winning songwriter Becky Warren with whom she has toured opening the Indigo Girls; with a trio featuring Vickie Vaughn (Patti Loveless) and Kimber Ludiker (Della Mae); with legendary fiddler Rickie Simpkins; and with The U-Liners, a roots rock band based in the D.C.-area. Avril was a founding member of the bluegrass band Della Mae.

Avril’s mastery of a wide range of styles makes her a sought-after on-stage and studio performer. Her innovative take on the fiddle tune, Lincoln’s Retreat, was featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.  She has also reviewed guitars for Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Avril has performed at top venues and festivals including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (Washington D.C.), Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (Oak Hill, NY), the Birchmere (Alexandria, VA), the Knitting Factory (New York, NY), Freight & Salvage (Berkeley, CA), the Rock-n-Roll hall of fame (Cleveland, Ohio), and on the south lawn of the White House.

Avril has played with Emmylou Harris, Pete Seeger, Hazel Dickens, Tom Morello, the Indigo Girls, Jill Sobule, Darol Anger, Frank Solivan, Lester Chambers, Dar Williams, and John Kadlecik, among others.

Avril plays a 2009 Outlier Stringed Instruments OM acoustic guitar, a 1987 Paul Reed Smith custom electric guitar and a 2006 Lawrence Smart mandolin. She teaches guitar and mandolin students in the Washington, D.C.-area and online via Skype or FaceTime.