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Posted by erynnmarshall on Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hello friends on the Fiddle Hangout,

 Thanks for visiting.

  Carl Jones and I just returned from Eunice, Louisiana where we enjoying the warm weather and local hospitality. I ate crawfish for the first time (delicious), saw alligators in the bayou, and heard great Cajun Music. The Haints Old-time Stringband with Carl as guest songwriter, just finished up a tour here and in Texas. The shows in Lafayette and Opelousas were a blast (Thanks Jim, Christy & Joel). Another special highlight was the Austin Stringband Festival where we played a concert and taught workshops. There were so many great bands there: the Gillette Bros, Greoff Muldaur & Jim Queskin, Foghorn Trio, the Corn Ponies and more.  The local color and musical diversity gave the festival quite a unique feel. ASF takes place in Driftwood, Texas and the location is beautiful...with live oaks covered in ball moss, cypress trees in the river, a big dance pavilion and plenty of choice camping spots. It’s a sweet medium sized festival that we highly recommend. Thanks to Jeanne, Sharon, Christy, Tom, Elizabeth, Howard and everyone who organized the weekend and made us all feel so welcome. We all will come back to Texas soon!

The next leg of our journey will take us through Alabama to visit fiddler, James Bryan, and then we will head home to Virginia for one day before jumping in the car again – for Elkins, West Virginia! This coming week is Augusta October Old-time Week. Carl is teaching guitar and I am teaching fiddle. It is so great to be coming back to one of our favorite camps. The fall colors are gorgeous in the mountains of WV then. My favorite part is the Old Fiddlers Reunion that happens at the end of Old-time week (Oct 30th). Great old fiddlers come out of from every hill and holler to play throughout and visit with one another. There is also a flatfoot dance workshop. The Hallowe’en dance and Fiddlers’ Reunion are open to the public. Info:

The concert season at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Virginia, where I work has wound up now and all the volunteers, staff and I have many good memories. Some of the outstanding performers this year included: Benton Flippen & The Smokey Valley Boys, Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz, Paul Williams & The Victory Trio, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Quebe Sisters, Wayne Henderson, The Kruger Brothers, The New Ballard Branch Bogtrotters, Clack Mountain, Gandydancer, Claire Lynch and many other fine groups. Attendance at the Music Center increased the last two years. Every bit of work is worth all the wonderful music that takes place and the great feeling of communtiy. Now the plans are starting to unfold for next year.  Stay tuned! The most exciting thing happening around the Music Center these days is the construction of the new, permanent exhibit, “The Roots of American Music” which will open in the spring. It will tell the story of the musicians and music of the Blue Ridge. So plan on coming to Galax to visit and hear some music this coming year!

In November, Carl and I are performing at Berea College in Kentucky and we look forward to seeing some of our old buddies from around that area.  With a bit more time for creativity looming on the horizon this fall we both hope to do some recording again on our various CD projects now that we are settled in our little farm house out in the beautiful, rolling hills of Virginia.

p.s. Carl just reprinted one of my favorite old-time records of all time – Two Pictures (with fiddler, James Bryan), that has been out of print for many years. Hear some of this great recording and order it from

Thanks for stopping by and your support of traditional music. Happy banjo picking this fall/winter! Surely, there is no better way to spend the cold days than fiddling - by a woodstove if possible.

Sincerely, Erynn


4 comments on “Fall news, musings and memories”

bj Says:
Sunday, November 7, 2010 @12:10:13 PM

Wow, sounds like a great trip! Someone once said that James Bryan is a fiddler's fiddler, and I think that's just about right. I'd love to be the fly on the wall listening to you two play together! His recording of Baby Ben is one of my all-time faves.

harwilli55 Says:
Sunday, November 7, 2010 @5:25:43 PM


What a full summer & fall you have sounds like the dream of a lifetime to be surrounded by so many great musicians, playing the music you love. Your CD is the first choice in my mp3 selection.....I absolutely love it.....wonderful tunes ...gorgesous fiddling.

I had seen that the James Bryan CD had just been re-issued and it is on the top of my CD to buy list ......Bravo to Carl for making it happen !!!

Sure hope ya'll stop in Richmond sometime would find a great crowd ready to support you !!!

erynnmarshall Says:
Sunday, December 12, 2010 @12:01:23 PM

There's a possibility of Carl and I playing show in Richmond or Carl and James playing a show there. If you have any info on a good house concert venue or other venue ideas please let me know and we'll see if someday we can make it happen. Thanks. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
cheers, Erynn

Hellion Says:
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 @9:12:58 PM

I, too, would love to see you and Carl play in Richmond (Va., right?). I don't know about house concerts, and I don't know how large of a venue you'd want, but I do frequently hear of shows at The Camel, the music hall at the Capitol Alehouse downtown, and Ashland Coffee and Tea.
Also, Bruce Molsky is playing tomorrow at something called In Your Ear Studio here. I haven't been there before but I'm told it's like a house concert, in that we're supposed to bring food.

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