The Hand Pies
From left, Deborah Payne (photo by Erica Chambers), center, Hasee Ciaccio, and right, Sam Gleaves (photo by Susi Lawson).
The Hand Pies:  a singing string band

Three friends make a trio featuring Appalachian musicians Deborah Payne, Hasee Ciaccio, and Sam Gleaves. The Hand Pies are equally at home playing traditional fiddle and banjo music, harmonizing an old hymn, or sharing a tune penned by the band. 

Stay tuned for more updates on tour dates in summer 2019 and a new recording by The Hand Pies!  

About the band:

Deborah Payne is a fiddler from Berea, Kentucky, a small town at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  Deborah’s music is strongly infused by some of the region’s most beloved musicians with mentorship by artists such as Jean Ritchie,  the McLain Family Band, and Michael Cleveland. Deborah has maintained the traditions of the region playing for folk dances, teaching children’s dance, and providing lessons for area students.  Deborah has played and toured both locally and internationally with numerous bluegrass and old time bands including the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, CaneBreak, and Sugar Tree. She has appeared on the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, Red Barn Radio, and Hillbilly Solid with Silas House. Deborah is part of the original cast of the folk opera, “In These Fields,” a production by award winning author Silas House and songwriter Sam Gleaves. She has provided music for touring folk dance groups in Italy, Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, England, and China. Whether she is teaching fiddle lessons to local Appalachian students or sharing song and dance with international communities, Deborah’s passion for building community through traditional music has been a common thread woven through her life.

Haselden (Hasee / "HAY-zee") Ciaccio ("see-AH-ko") is a performer and educator residing in Johnson City, Tennessee. Born and raised on the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,  Hasee made her way to the Mountain South in 2010 to pursue a study in traditional Appalachian music. Touring around the United States and beyond for the last eight years, she has performed at such notable venues as New York City's Lincoln Center, the Grand Ole Opry, and PBS’s Song of the Mountains. Sharing the stage with artists among the likes of Vince Gill, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Nickel Creek’s Sara and Sean Watkins, Jim Lauderdale, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Molsky, Brittany Haas, Sierra Hull, and Darol Anger, Hasee moves listeners at festivals, in concert halls, and intimate venues alike. Her debut album "HAY" will be released in Fall of 2018, featuring traditional stringband music, and top performers of the Oldtime realm. Touring this summer and fall with Molly Tuttle, Laurie Lewis, and Laura Cortese, Hasee drives the upright bass with honed skill and conviction well beyond her years, and brings Appalachian Flatfoot Dance to the stage with sincerity behind every step. An old soul at heart, she is passionate about delivering Southern song and dance with the genuine warmth and compassion her culture is so deeply steeped in. While off tour, you might find her caning chairs, canning preserves, or sitting on the porch at her house in east Tennessee. For more about Hasee and her music, visit

Sam Gleaves is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter originally from Wytheville, Virginia. Sam began playing Appalachian music as a teenager with the help of mentors Jim Lloyd, a multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and local barber, and nationally recognized singer and storyteller Sheila Kay Adams. While earning a degree in Folklore at Berea College, Sam performed with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble directed by Al White. In 2015, Sam collaborated with Grammy-winning producer Cathy Fink and released a debut record of original songs, titled “Ain’t We Brothers,” which has been featured by The Guardian, National Public Radio, and No Depression. Appalachian novelist Lee Smith has heralded Sam as “the best young songwriter around.” Sam has toured throughout the U.S. and he has performed in Ireland, England, Canada, Japan and Italy. In 2017, Sam released a duo recording with Tyler Hughes, a fellow southwest Virginian steeped in the region’s musical traditions. In 2018, Sam collaborated with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer on a trio recording, “Shout & Shine,” which Justin Hiltner of the Bluegrass Situation called, “a perfect illustration of cross-generational mind melds and musical melds.”  Sam currently lives in Hindman, Kentucky where he serves as the Traditional Arts Director at the Hindman Settlement School.