A native of England, Kathy began singing and playing both folk and classical music at an early age. She discovered fiddle music on her first visit to her in-laws in Ireland, and underwent a rapid and fanatical conversion from violinist to fiddle player. Now living in Ithaca NY, Kathy is an accomplished dance fiddler, playing for contras and English country dances. She also performs at concerts, festivals, coffeehouses, weddings and special events.

"This community is lucky to have some extremely talented fiddlers like Kathy Selby... she's a great fiddler!" - Mike Ludgate, fiddler and dancer, Ithaca, NY.

When living in California, Kathy performed with Alasdair Fraser's San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, and was also their newsletter editor and a workshop and band leader. With Viaduct Theater, she received excellent reviews for the part of Fiddler in “Mary Queen Of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off”, and was singing coach for their award-winning run of “Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme”. She has performed in a wide variety of instrumental and vocal genres, including folk singing, madrigals, musicals, and classical choral and orchestral works. Kathy enjoys teaching fiddle to both adults and children. In her “other life”, she is a physics lecturer at Cornell, teaching “The Physics of Musical Sound” every Spring.

Throughout her musical journey, Kathy has been guided by the playing and teaching of master fiddlers such as Martin Hayes, Buddy MacMaster and Rodney Miller. Alasdair Fraser has been an especially profound inspiration as a teacher and mentor, particularly through the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle School and his leadership of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers.