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Playing Since: 1977
Experience Level: Purty Good
Fiddler has made 122 recent additions to Fiddle Hangout
JBSchweitzer, GTL-Barnabetti, 1900's era German guild Strad copies.
Skillet Lickers, Tommy Jarrel, Clark Kessinger, Buddy Thomas, Lonnie Robertson, Earl Collins, Uncle Dave Hutchison, Art Galbraith, etc. My strongest influences have been the wonderful fiddlers of the Southern Ozarks/Northern Arkansas region. Additionally, playing for contra dances over the past many years provided exposure to New England style and repertoir.
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Last Visit 5/23/2013
Starting out playing mountain dulcimer and fiddle at the same time after attending the Ozark Folk Festival in Mtn.View, Arkansas in 1977. A few years later I was a regional finalist on MD. As much as I liked MD, the fiddle kept calling me. My decsion to play fiddle was essentially for two reasons - a) it was not heavy and b) I traveled frequently and it would fit in the overhead compartment on the plane. I learned much from old-timers in northern Arkansas, but I was also nutured by a strong OT music community in Austin, Texas. During my "career" I've played for uncountable square&contra dances and co-founded, with my wife, the North Texas Traditional Dance Society in Dallas. So, my repertoire and interest ranges from OT to New England to Celtic, but my style is decidedly of the Ozarks and midWest. In real life I teach chemistry/chemical technology, but it hasn't hurt my fiddling.