Columbus' recent fiddle fixation plays out in countless sounds and scopes. We've already introduced you to four of the city's prominent string-flingers; here's a look at several more bands that boast a bow.

Columbus' recent fiddle fixation plays out in countless sounds and scopes. We've already introduced you to four of the city's prominent string-flingers; here's a look at several more bands that boast a bow.

Couch Forts

Matt Opachick's ferocious fiddlin' works in tandem with Owen Kelley's guitar and Tyler Evans' banjo to create some of the thickest, most twisted experimental folk music in Columbus or anywhere else.

Erika Carey and the Calamities

The most fiddlin' homestead in Columbus might be the Merion Village pad shared by Megan Palmer and Betty Blockinger. The former is profiled elsewhere in this issue; the latter lays sweet lyrical melodies in the midst of Erika Carey's calamitous folk-pop.

Flotation Walls

Like Leslie Jankowski before her, Ryan Stolte-Sawa is a one-woman utility squad for Flotation Walls, helping Carlos Avendano's widescreen visions blossom to life. That tour of duty includes playing violin with reckless abandon.

Our Cat Philip

Emily Ng plays viola, but we would be remiss not to mention her band, Our Cat Philip, as part of the strings renaissance. (They also throw a cello in the mix from time to time.) Ng's weeping melodies lend themselves to such fragile folk tunes.

Saintseneca

With all the trashcan-banging, stomping and clapping throughout a Saintseneca set, it's easy to forget Grace Chang contributes violin to the rustic ruckus. But her playing is a crucial element of the DIY band's breakout success.

Wing & Tusk

Though violinist Sally Polk stepped aside several months ago, her playing is all over Wing & Tusk's new The Secret of Toadflax Tea. The band plans to find a new fiddler soon to better recreate their album's epic scope on stage.