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Fall gratitude after summer adventures

Posted by erynnmarshall on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

 Dear friends,
Thank you for visiting.
Presently, I am writing this update from a plane that left Houston, Texas and will soon be in Vancouver, BC. My destination will be Saltspring Island Fiddleworks where I will be teaching for a week with other musical friends Zavellennahh Huscraft, Trish Clair-Peck, the April Verch band and others. I’m looking forward to being in my native province again (yeehoo! It has been too long!), seeing some old friends, making some new ones and playing some good tunes. Saltspring or bust!
Oh, where has the summer gone? This travel day has given me many hours to reflect on what a good summer it has been and how grateful I am for the gift of music, all the good times this year, roads traveled, music buddies, my family, Carl and the support of folks who love old-time music as much as I do – you!
Over the last few months I have stayed on my toes with the ever challenging and  equally rewarding Blue Ridge Music Center concert series in Galax, Virginia.  This is my third concert season at BRMC and once again - there was never a dull moment! Two big events occurred at the start of this particular season different from the others. The long awaited, Roots of American Music museum opened at the Blue Ridge Music Center. It was conceived of 25 years ago but was just completed a few months ago! The new museum is permanent, free and tells the story of traditional music and musicians of the Blue Ridge. It’s truly amazing and I hope you will come visit and see it! Secondly, there was a tour to promote The Roots of American Music museum, featuring 12 musicians from Africa, Ireland and the Blue Ridge performed at historical theaters along Virginia’s “crooked road” and beyond. It was a great inspiration and experience to be one of the musicians in this touring road show! We traveled in style in Sammy Shelor’s, (of the Lonesome River Band fame), luxurious American Eagle bus where two jam sessions could happen at the same time on either end of the bus and the musicians not hear each other! Although, it had been an age since I played traditional Irish music, I was honored to get to perform with renowned historian, singer and instrumentalist, Mick Moloney from Ireland (now in New York) and award winning piper, Joey Abarta, from Los Angeles. Boy – I had to practice my rolls! The Roots of American Music tour has been invited to play Symphony Space in New York in March so everyone is already looking forward to reuniting with all my tour buddies in the spring.
The number of wonderful concerts at the Blue Ridge Music Center this summer is too long to list but I will say some personal highlights for me was Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass (what a soulful singer and fantastic band), the free Wayne Henderson/Doc Watson & David Holt concert (2500 people came!) and the Blue Ridge Dance Traditions concert with Whitetop Mountain Band, The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers and stellar flatfoot dancers from five states. I’ll never forget when dance caller, Lou Maiuri, called out to the crowd, “now get up and swing someone,” and a thousand people sprung to their feet and danced along the hillside! Organizing these concerts is a joy. I love my job.
All the traditional  music concerts at BRMC have been made possible through the generous support s of a large number of kind people who donate or volunteer at the Music Center. Can you believe local volunteer musicians perform 12-4pm everyday, seven days a week for six months of the year! It’s true. People visit us from all around the world and you are welcome too! If you cannot make the trip quite yet you visit our website, enjoy video highlights of this past season online and show your support by “liking” BRMC on Facebook. J
Besides the concert series I still get out to travel, perform and teach which I always enjoy. For the first time, I had the pleasure of teaching at Montana Fiddle Camp in Monarch, MT. Big Sky Country is beautiful! Huge thanks to the Buckley family who put their heart and soul into that camp and making sure everyone had an incredible time and learned a lot. I was thrilled to meet Britt, Bill, Bethany and others who taught and performed that week as well. Hearing all that great Texas swing music sure made me wish I could do that. Another lifetime! I hope I can go back someday and am glad I get to teach this week at Saltspring Fiddleworks. This is my 4th time teaching at this first rate music camp. I feel lucky! Life is good.
My new CD is in the works! Each month that goes by I continue to record with a variety musicians for my upcoming Tune Tramp (you heard that right) album. It’s coming slowly but surely. Most tracks are almost all recorded in different studios, in different places with different groups of friends. Last month I recorded with 89 year old WV fiddler, Lester McCumbers, his son Billy McCumbers (who sings as powerfully as Hazel Dickens I think!) and friend WV banjoist Kim Johnson. In September, I am looking forward to recording with Paul Brown. It is so enjoyable putting together this project! The theme of the CD is the great distances we travel to play the music we love with the people we love to play music with! Tune Tramp – It takes one to know one! I know if you are reading this there is a good chance you might be a Tune Tramp too.  More new album news!  Carl Jones and Alabama fiddler James Bryan are working on a very special new CD of tunes and songs due this winter. Check in again for more details on both recordings and their progress.
**NEW** If you are a fiddler be sure to  check out the new Tune Trunk section on my website I will be adding music and sound files of some of my favorite original and traditional  tunes that are not available elsewhere. I hope you will like hearing and possible learn some of the tunes. Enjoy!
Thanks again for stopping by. Have a great rest of summer and start to fall!
Warm Regards, Erynn

5 comments on “Fall gratitude after summer adventures”

SusiQ Says:
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 @9:40:13 AM

Wonderful Blog update Erynn! So glad I got to meet and hear you at the Floyd Country Store and hope to have the chance again !
I did not know you had a book out, going right now to look for it on Amazon. Hope you have a safe and joy filled trip!

John Gent Says:
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 @1:12:05 PM

Tune Tramp ... been waiting for that for a long time. Glad to see it coming along. I wish I could go to Galax and pick it up in person.

You're the best, Erynn.

TopCat Says:
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 @2:56:45 PM

I really enjoyed reading your newsy update and hope to get over to the States for a fiddle camp one day.

ScottK Says:
Friday, September 23, 2011 @8:34:01 AM

Hi Erynn! Can't wait for both the new CDs! Wish I could be on Saltspring Island this week. Thanks for the fall update, always enjoy them.


bj Says:
Saturday, September 24, 2011 @10:06:09 AM

Wow, you've been a busy gal! I love reading of your musical adventures and hearing your tunes. I hope someday we get to share a few.

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