Shay Gestal

Violinist, singer-songwriter


​​​Shay Gestal is a violinist and singer-songwriter from Craftsbury, Vermont. She

first picked up the violin at age five, and has trained and performed classically ever since.
Shay introduced her sweet violin (fondly named Mother Teresa by its maker) to the world of

fiddling in 2012, when she joined Vermont bluegrass band Gold Town. The group performed

around the northeast at festivals such as Grace Potter's 'Grand Point North', Wilco's 'Solid

Sound', and Twiddle's 'Frendly Gathering'. She teamed up with Gold Town lead singer

Andrew Stearns to form the duo Old Sky in 2013. Old Sky's first two EPs, 'Green on Fire' and

'I Miss the Blue', were released in January, 2015 and March, 2016, respectively. The final EP

in their colorful trilogy, 'Red Leaves, Snowy Peak', is set to be released in 2018.

Shay began playing with Hammydown in 2015, stepping in on violin and

vocal harmonies. In early September of that year they embarked on a three-month, cross-country tour, beginning and ending in their hometown of Burlington, Vermont. 
Guitar in hand, Shay launched her solo singer-songwriter career in 2014. A prolific songwriter, she weaves stories about crabapples and canoes, grace and silver linings, cherry wine and sunshine. She finished her three-part, year-long 'Burlington to Boulder' tour in December, 2015. Vestal Oak was born when mandolinist Matt Vaughan joined her project in 2017, and they are currently organizing the production of their debut album.  

Back in Vermont, Shay continues to sing and play with several groups in the Burlington area, including Tom Pearo, Marcie Hernandez, Justin LaPoint, and Band of the Land.