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Rambling news...2008 remembered

Posted by erynnmarshall on Friday, December 26, 2008

 

Howdy folks,
 
 Thanks for stopping by to visit me. I’ve finally had a moment to write a few sentences and report all the new stuff that’s been happening as late.
 
The summer and fall went by fast didn’t they? Last summer was one of the most inspiring summers ever for me. Travels took me from BC to North Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Newfoundland. Highlights for me included teaching fiddle at the Festival of American Fiddletunes in Washington, at Swannanoa Old-time Week in North Carolina, at the Sunshine Coast School of Celtic Music, Saltspring Fiddleworks and at the Vancouver Island Bluegrass Workshop. Guitarist Dave Clarke and I were honored to be invited to perform and present workshops at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention that took place in St. Johns, Newfoundland this year. There were great fiddlers and musicians there from many spots on the globe including: Denmark, Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia, North America, and beyond. It was wonderful to get to experience the thriving folk music traditions in Newfoundland and to be able to represent BC at both NAFCO and the St Johns & Labrador Folk Festival. Between performing & teaching I
Also enjoyed getting to play into the wee hours at Camp Stickerville in Weiser, Idaho and the Appalachian Stringband Festival known as “Clifftop” in West Virginia. My biggest surprise there was to walk away with a blue ribbon from the contest. I’m not quite sure how it happened but it sure was neat. With my winnings I promptly bought a ticket back to the South a couple of weeks after returning home. So in September, when many were settling into their fall schedules I snuck off and visited some of my musical heros and friends in North Carolina and Alabama. No regrets there. Many good tunes and times were had! Many thanks to Carl for being such a fine travelling companion and for putting up with me – the tune tramp – enthralled as usual to visit fine folks and share a good fiddle tune.
 
In late Oct I sent to the Blackpot Festival in Lafayette, Louisiana. What a great time! There was tons of great Cajun and Zydeco music was played and the the local music traditions in Louisiana are certainly thriving. Not only were there stellar bands to see but lots of dancing. I learned some two-step moves from kind souls willing to give me some pointers on the dance floor. There was a huge gumbo cookoff but as a vegetarian I didn’t get to partake of those good smelling but very carnivorous dishes. I almost starved and mostly lived off of beer (better as a drink than as a meal but what can you do?). Lots of old-time musicians were present as well and jamming went til dawn on Saturday. I recommend this fabulous festival to anyone. It is bound to grow over the next few years and I hope to go again. Perhaps see you there next year! Check it out at www.blackpot.com 
 
 It’s December now and one of my favorite times of the year. There's lots of snow and a fresh new year around the corner. I hope some of you are planning to delve into something new and creative this 2009. I usually aim to try different things at this time of year. Presently, I am full steam ahead on a personal composing challenge. I am determined to compose thirty new fiddle tunes in the next short while. So far, I have written a nineteen so I’m almost half way to my goal. With that many tunes completed hopefully some will turn out well and be pleasant on the ears. I may even record some in the future. It’s a challenge even just naming them all. Some of the new tunes are titled: Springfield, Windfall, The Waltz of Old Memories, Life’s Fortune, Take The Train, Eh. The Commissionaire, Skippin’ Town, Split Shot, Ty’s March, Snake River, The Old Cabin, Green Fern and others. Writing or naming… it’s a good pastime for me as of late.
 
Back here on the homefront, I am working hard with my music pals and together we have formed: The Haints Old-time Stringband. The Haints are: Pharis Romero (guitar/vocals), Jason Romero (banjo/vocals), and yours truly on fiddle. I love playing music with these guys so I’m glad we’ve joined forces. So far our band has been playing a lot of dances but several concerts too. We have a new website if you’d like to visit us www.thehaints.com. We plan to do some studio recording this month and put those tracks on the site. Stay tuned.
 
I am also excited to report I am presently recording my new third album called, Tune Tramp, which will be a collaboration with many of my US music friends of mine. Some of the folks involved include: Carl Jones, Kenny Jackson, Josh Wanstreet, Skip Gorman, Paul Brown, and many others. It’s turning out to be a real labour of love. I hope people will enjoy listening to it when it comes out as much as I have enjoyed playing the music on it…such a joy!
 
Well friends, I’ve rambled on here quite a bit. May your 2009 be good and full of music and other creative pursuits. Take care and thanks for visiting.
 
See you down the road.
 
Warm Regards, Erynn
 


7 comments on “Rambling news...2008 remembered”

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Friday, December 26, 2008 @8:52:24 PM

I hope that you publish your new tunes. I remember you from the 2006 Midwest Banjo Camp, and I remember being impressed with your fiddling.

erynnmarshall Says:
Friday, December 26, 2008 @9:06:00 PM

Hi Michael!

I may someday. More likely I'll record some of them after I'm done with my next project which is all traditional material except for a new song from Carl Jones that he wrote for my Cd. This project is keeping me on my toes (in a good way) but it would also be fun to put out a CD of all new tunes after that. Have a great year of music ahead and maybe see you at the 2009 Midwest Banjo Camp. I'll be there this year teaching the first full fiddle class they've had at the banjo camp. Tell any banjo players you know who also like to fiddle or fiddlers who wish to hang out at banjo camp (I sure do!!!).

All the Best, Erynn

bj Says:
Saturday, December 27, 2008 @3:27:31 PM

I heard you really kicked some butt at Clifftop, so I think that Blue Ribbon was well deserved!

I hope you teach some workshops here in the northeast next season . . .

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Monday, December 29, 2008 @9:12:53 PM

I was thinking of skipping the 2009 because I thought I needed another year to recover from the experience of a flat tire en route to the 2008 MBC (causing me to miss half the camp as I hunted for a replacement tire Saturday morning). Now that I know that you will be there, I will have to rethink that.

I now have a full-size spare tire. I'm better prepared for the next misadventure.

erynnmarshall Says:
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @11:24:58 PM

Sounds like you're set! I love banjo camp. I will likely go to the American Banjo Camp too (just for fun). It's fabulous too and it's in such a beautiful location (WA). Fortunately, that one is close to me!

cheers, e

tango_grass Says:
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 @11:28:35 PM

Looks like quite a few good accomplishments! Keep on truckin...

playmorebluegrass Says:
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 @7:12:49 PM

wow. just lookin u up and am impressed with ur travels.♥

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