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Young FIddlers

Posted by fiddlerdi on Thursday, August 23, 2007

I just noticed a post that said "Where's all the Young People"? I wanted to say, we're right here and then I realized that I can't really consider myself a young person anymore now that I have crossed the 50 year mark. I don't feel old and I love the saying "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" But I will say that I am doing my part to raise up some young fiddlers and pass down the traditions.

I'll let you peek in the studio to see who's here under the age of 16. First of all there's Shannon and Erica O'Shea, they call themselves the O'Shea sisters. Shannon plays fiddle and sings and Erica plays guitar and sings. Shannon has been working with me for about four years and Erica picked up the guitar a couple of years ago to accompany Shannon. They play out everywhere they can. They are both beautiful and talented young women with a lot of common sense and a feel for the music business. They balance private school, (Erica's in AP classes for everything), social lives and playing bluegrass, oldtime and celtic music. They are working on their second CD. Shannon is 14 and Erica is 16.

Next is Jason and his brother Zack. Jason excels in sports, especially football, he's in the gifted program at school and so is Zack.. He came to me because he no longer wanted to play classical music. So we have been working together for almost three years. He enters local fiddle contests and won a scholarship from our Bluegrass Club to help pay for his lessons. He is 15 years old and a very good fiddle player. He balances fiddle with the other things he loves like football and hunting. His brother Zack is only 11 years old and a great piano player, he has been playing for 6 years. About a year ago he expressed interest in learning guitar, (a Martin Goya) to help back up Jason so they could play for folks in nursing homes. He has done a great job learning chords and will be backing his brother up in the State Fiddle Contest this weekend. They are two of the nicest young men you could ever hope to meet.

A young lady named Lauren who 16 years old. Lauren is a sophmore in High School and learned to play through the school district. She has a lot of natural ability and in the last year has just taken off with leaps and bounds. She too is playing in the State FIddle Contest and is this is her best chance to place yet.  She is a lovely person.

My students are just amazing...I am so blessed to have the opportunity to work with them  for a little while. They all play because they love to. Not one of them is there because their parents make them come to lessons.

That brings us to a brother and sister whose grandpa is a novice fiddler. Riley and Sheridan. "They play everday with grandpa", Riley says. Riley is 12 and Sheridan is 9 and they have been working with me for three years. Riley is this years recipient of the Bluegrass Club Scholarship. (Scholarships are given by writing a letter to the club to say what you think you would be able to use the money on to improve your playing ability.)  Riley loves oldtime fiddle style. Today we started working on a tune called "Pretty Little Dog" I asked "Chirps" if he could make us a recording. He most willingly and generously posted his really cool version yesterday. I played it for Riley and he loved it. So already this site is helping young fiddlers. His younger sister Sheridan is just a natural musician. They both play for Church and school functions.

One more youngin you'd like to know about is Sage. Sage is the most natural musician I have ever met. He used to play his violin while he was riding around with his parents in the car. He had just started violin 4 years ago when he was 11 and today he is one of the most talented yo

1 comment on “Young FIddlers”

fiddle lee Dee Says:
Saturday, September 1, 2007 @9:00:01 AM

Amen Sister, Great Job

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