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Winter thoughts

Posted by erynnmarshall on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dear friends,                                                                                                                        Dec 11, 2011

There is a fire in the woodstove, it is a peaceful evening in Virginia, and I have the house to myself– a perfect time to reflect on a good year and write some lines.  I wish all of you joy throughout the holiday season and hope everyone finds moments of calm between all the bustle as well as time to be creative in your own way.  Sing a song, dance a jig, and be merry!  Lets ring in the new year!

All is well in Galax. I’ve lived here now almost three years. Time flies!

Looking back, there are many memorable times through the past year I am grateful for. A few highlights for me include teaching at the Montana Fiddle Camp in Monarch (a good time was had despite a flooding river!), and at Fiddleworks on Saltspring Island, British Columbia (one of the prettiest places on earth). I was honored to be asked to perform on the Roots of American Music Tour featuring musicians from Ireland, Africa and the Blue Ridge and we played ten historic theaters across Virginia. Such a blast!

Other highlights include another season of really great concerts, (ok – I am biased), at the Blue Ridge Music Center where I work. Talk about a labor of love! We had a free Doc Watson concert and 2500 people came out. Another memorable concert featured Blue Ridge dance traditions. -Perfect weather, so many good dancers, a spontaneous squaredance, and a lot of smiles on people’s faces. There were so many other really special concerts….too numerous to mention.  Also the new museum, “The Roots of American Music,” opened up in May and it is really stellar. It was conceived of over twenty years ago but now is a reality. You should all come visit and see it!. www,

Carl Jones and I are planning lots of little trips over the coming months which we are looking forward to. We will be in Canada over the holidays, the westcoast in late Feb (watch the website for concert updates there), Louisiana in March (Carl’s daughter is getting married!), Florida in March (I’m teaching fiddle at Suwannee Banjo Camp), England in April (Carl and I are teaching Sore Fingers Week in England) and North Carolina in June (we’re teaching at Blue Ridge Old-time Week in Mars Hill). Whoo hoo! We love to travel and see old friends and new…not to mention those great music jams.  

Other news you might be interested in… Carl has recorded a great new old-time CD, “Cricket’s Lullaby,” with Alabama fiddler, James Bryan (who just won an Alabama Folk Heritage Award!). It’s been sixteen years since they recorded their first CD “Two Pictures” which received national attention and they did a fine job again! The music is beautiful but don’t take my word for it. You can hear their songs and tunes yourself on or

Another sweet surprise: A community fiddle orchestra in Perth, Ontario contacted me a couple weeks ago and asked if they could perform one of my tunes in an upcoming concert of music composed by fiddlers from across Canada. I’m tickled about that and look forward to hearing them play my waltz, “Life’s Fortune.”  What a treat!

If you are a fiddler you might enjoy the new Tune Trunk section on this 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, learning and sharing the tunes. Enjoy!

Well, I’d best wrap up. My next task is stringing some cranberries to hang on our tree which is half decorated (getting there!). Thanks again for stopping by and for supporting old-time music! You know CDs do make great gifts J  All the best of the season to you and yours! Merry Christmas and Happy 2012!


Warmly, Erynn

3 comments on “Winter thoughts”

John Gent Says:
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @11:12:14 AM

As you know, I love 'Life's Fortune', and have turned it into a favorite around our local jams here in Eugene. (I've introduced it in G, however).

Ozarkian DL Says:
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @9:21:59 AM

We envy yer lifestyle Erynn....tha best to you & yours fer tha ensuing year.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Friday, January 13, 2012 @7:26:06 AM


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