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New Haints CD & news from Virginia

Posted by erynnmarshall on Friday, October 23, 2009

My goodness friends…                                                             Oct 23, 2009


  A lot of things have happened since I last wrote. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you all and enjoying the fall and finding some time for creative pursuits or favourite hobbies. At this time of year I like to delve into some new fiddle tunes, visit friends and just reflect on life and music over a cup of tea inside the warm, country house here.


 Many of you may not have heard yet but I recently made a big move. Last spring I was offered the job of Music Program Manager at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Virginia. I accepted and they sponsored me to move to this beautiful little town quite a ways from my native BC. It is fortunately a great area. Galax is well known for the fiddler’s convention which draws 40, 000 or so visitors and musicians every year. It is also situated in an area of the Blue Ridge that has particularly strong music traditions. If you’re a fiddler or banjo player…this place is mecca. Plus the Blue Ridge Music Center is an incredible jewel in the mountains. There is an outdoor amphitheatre, a little indoor theater and an exhibit on the roots of Amercian music. It is situated in the quiet hillsides of a national park where turkeys roam in herds and deer, bear and other native critters live contently.


So I did not delay. I packed my bags. The cat and I flew South. Now I organize the concerts at BRMC and our last season, although hectic, was a wonderful experience!

We had everyone from bluesman Nat Reese, old-time bands Kentucky Wild Horse and the New North Carolina Rambers, bluegrass bands Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder to country boy, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. I’m really looking forward to next year already! Once I plan the coming concert season I will post the news on the music center’s website: for all to see.


The most exciting news is my band, The Haints Old-time Stringband, have a brand new CD out called, Shout Monah. Reviews are due out soon from the Old-time Herald, Banjo Newsletter, Penguin Eggs and Sing Out magazines so keep an eye out for those. Shout Monah was just nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards: Traditional Album of the Year and Ensemble of the Year. Wish us luck! We find out Nov. 21st. If you would like to order the new album please visit: Samples can be heard on both websites: and this one.


Despite my move The Haints will keep playing and touring. We wouldn’t have it any other way. We have fun sending tunes back and forth to one another and look forward to the times when we can get together. Music is just a very natural thing between us. We are planning a tour along the US westcoast this coming January. More details soon.


This week I head to one of my favorite fiddle camps to teach: Augusta Old-time Week in Elkins, West Virginia. Carl Jones, James Bryan, Gerry Milnes, Dave Bing, Riley Baugus and others will be there so it is sure to be a great time. For more info check out:


When I return I hope to get back in the recording studio some more. Last year I started recording tracks for my next solo CD called, Tune Tramp. I’m recording fiddle tunes and songs with my old-time buddies from all over North America. Carl Jones ( has written the title track Tune Tramp which is so beautiful. This album is all about the great deal of distance we will travel to play the music we love with the people we love to make music with. I know many of you can relate to that! Stay tuned…


Back at the homefront I’m still unpacking boxes, trying to find the spatula and such.

I painted four rooms and planted some flower bulbs around the front that will bloom in the spring. I love the fall and hope you do too! Well…I think I’ll go pick up my fiddle.


Thanks again for visiting me here and come back soon. The kettle is on the stove and the rosin is on the bow.


Warm Regards, Erynn




3 comments on “New Haints CD & news from Virginia”

John Gent Says:
Friday, October 23, 2009 @5:31:29 PM

Good to "see" you again. Glad the move turned out to be a good thing. I wondered about that. Taking a girl out of the NW and moving her to the eastern mountains ... kind of scary I'd imagine.

I'm still REALLY enjoying Calico (yeah, Meet Me in the Music too!). You wrote a note about playing January Eighth ... did you ever get that done? (that was the date you sent the CD's to me)

Anyway, cheers and the warmest regards to you, too!

- John

mudbug Says:
Saturday, October 24, 2009 @4:37:07 AM

Hey, Erynn! Congrats on your sweet new job. Checked your website. Your new CD is great!

bj Says:
Saturday, October 24, 2009 @1:45:54 PM

I think BRMC is lucky to have gotten you.

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