Fiddler Caroline McCaskey plays the national anthem on a saw

Throughout American history, many have managed to wow audiences with their renditions of the national anthem. From Jimi Hendrix to Woodstock to Whitney Houston and Marvin Gaye, there have been hits after hits.

Well, we have another name to add to the list.

Earlier this week, fiddler Caroline McCaskey took the challenge before an Oakland A baseball game and did it with flying colors. But why was his so special? Because she did it while sitting… with a saw.

Check out McCaskey playing the national anthem from the baseball field via popular social media user (and former NBA basketball star) Rex Chapman’s Twitter account below. Chapman tweeted, “She just played the national anthem with a saw…”

According to his website, McCaskey “began his musical journey as a violinist and toured the United States as a member of the counter-dancing group Stringfire! In 2019 she won the US National Scottish Fiddle Competition. She also taught for many years at Fiddlekids Day Camp.

And his SawPlayer bio reads:

When Caroline McCaskey took up her saw to play the violin solo from Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, music critics and the maestro himself were moved by the level of talent that she reached with an instrument more often found in hardware stores than in the concert hall. “A revelation,” proclaimed the San Francisco Performing Arts Examiner reviewer. And conductor Tilson Thomas declared her the prima donna assoluta of the instrument – in writing, with a Sharpie, on her saw.

Below, watch another video of the artist playing the national anthem on the saw, proving the baseball game performance wasn’t a one-off hit.

Kudos to the musician!

Picture via YouTube

Elizabeth J. Harless