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Playing Since: 1960
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
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Occupation: professional violinist/fiddler
symphony/recording violin: 1925 Ernest Heinrich Roth, Markneukirchen Germany
bows by N. D. Crowder, Nashville TN
stage violin: Barcus Berry electric (endorser for Barcus-Berry)
Celtic: Altan, Lunasa, Solas, Wake The Dead, Brock McGuire Band, Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, Aladair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Manus McGuire
Acoustic/Bluegrass: Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, The Greencards, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush, Aubrey Haynie, Jay Ungar, Bruce Molsky
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Last Visit 5/6/2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013 @9:05:25 AM
I'm excited about my new duo project with Charleston SC guitarist/vocalist Hazel Ketchum. I hope you'll check out the video we recently made (newly posted here at the Fiddle Hangout), and while a video is worth a thousand (or more) words as that old saying goes, here's the background on how we got together & future plans!
When fiddle player Tom Morley of Alabama and guitarist/vocalist Hazel Ketchum of South Carolina met as faculty members at the Mark O’Connor String Camp in Charleston in 2011, they felt an immediate rapport: both musicians brought strong skills and background in improvisation to a shared love of Irish traditional, Americana, and folk music genres, combined with a fondness for swing and jazz. This discovery led to many enjoyable hours of music making for the duo, and when they each returned to the camp the following year, they knew that they needed to take it to the next level, and thus banna de dhá (band of two) was born.
“We might be using Celtic music as our base, but with our combined backgrounds we can move into an improvisational place where most Irish traditional players can’t,” Morley explains. “We can take a traditional reel or jig and play it the original way and then take it through new variations while still respecting the tradition. We love Old-Time American and French-Canadian tunes and may add a few of those to the mix along with a nod to swing and jazz. Hazel will also be featured singing several songs from Celtic traditions both old and new in each performance.”
The duo gave themselves an Irish name to show their musical starting place–banna de dhá (pronounced bah-nah day dah which simply translates as ‘band of two’). Having solved their long-distance rehearsal problems by meeting in the middle at a friend’s house in Atlanta, banna de dhá has plans for a CD release in summer 2013.
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