In the past year, the music lovers here at Alive have noticed a curious trend: Every few weeks we were encountering some new rock band with a violin player. Meet some of our favorites (with video).

In the past year, the music lovers here at Alive have noticed a curious trend: Every few weeks we were encountering some new rock band with a violin player.

These bands weren't the first to bring classical strings into Columbus rock. The late Noel Sayre played for years with the Black Swans and Pretty Mighty Mighty. Flotation Walls has featured various fiddlers during the band's lengthy tenure. The list goes on.

What's notable is the sheer volume of violin-infected bands beginning to dot the musical marketplace at once, from the ragtag folk of Saintseneca to the elaborate orchestrations of Wing & Tusk.

Why the sudden fiddle influx? The influence of orchestral rock bands like Arcade Fire surely played a part, as does a renewed interest in exotic strains of folk music thanks to bands like Beirut. And some Columbus rockers are likely looking for a way to set themselves apart from the guitar-bass-drums paradigm.

For whatever reason, the violin era has arrived. We chose to celebrate it by profiling three titans of the string scene - Megan Palmer, Erik Kang and Leslie Jankowski - and one of its plucky new faces, Samantha Kim. We also assembled a tribute to some of the other local acts that would make Andrea Amati proud.

Undoubtedly we missed some, so consider this a snapshot of a music scene that's becoming increasingly, pleasantly strung out.