Alistair Hayden is a Geology PhD student. When asked about his musical background he says, " I grew up in a family where visits with the relatives mean all the banjos, fiddles, guitars, etc. get hauled out for some good old American and Irish music. As I got older, I branched out slightly and played for English and Scottish folk dances. Then, the year before I came to Caltech, I lived in Finland where I studied a bit of Finnish fiddle with the master Arto Järvelä." Alistair says, he plays "the kind of music you would have heard at dance parties back before radio was invented."