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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Greetings from the south bank of the Falls of the James in Richmond, Vriginia!  I will be heading to New York State and NYC to see friends and play music along the way.  I am going to retrace Eck Robertson's trip from downtown Richmond to New York City. I will be bringing tunes from the Virginia Highlands and surrounding States.  I hope to see many of you and have some tunes.  My schedule is being updated on my web site. (see link)



Playing Since: 1973
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Occupation: Architect/musician

Gender: Male
Age: 69

My Instruments:
Fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
French Carpenter, Melvin Wine, Ed Haley, Marcus Martin, Emmet Lundy, Tommy Jarrell, Luther Strong, J.W. Day, M.W Stepp, Camp Creek Boys, Skillet Lickers.

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Mark Campbell (b.1953) enjoyed folk songs from an early age, and began playing a Sears and Roebuck guitar and a neighbor’s banjo at the age of 10, while living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. As a teenager, Mark began traveling and collecting old-time fiddle and banjo music from older musicians living in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. While in college in Charlottesville, Virginia, Mark played banjo in Armin Barnett’s Yellow Mountain String Band that placed in one of the last band contests at the Smithsonian Folk Festival. Among the musicians that Mark continued to emulate were Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham, Kyle Creed, Kilby Snow, the Hammons family, Ernie Carpenter, Melvin Wine, Franklin George, and Wilson Douglas. Mark began playing the fiddle in 1973 and has spent the balance of these years studying regional styles while also learning the music of masters such as Ed Haley, Emmett Lundy, French Carpenter, William Stepp, Luther Strong, Edden Hammons, Norm Edmonds, Eck Robertson, Clayton McMichen, Joe Birchfield, and John Ashby. Mark is presently settled in Richmond, Virginia, with his family. He has enjoyed a long relationship with the Down River Dance Band and with young master fiddler Harold Hausenfluck. Mark is a former Virginia State Fair and West Virginia State Folk Festival fiddling champion and is a five-time finalist, and 2001 champion, of the nationally recognized old-time championships, the Appalachian String Band Music Festival. He is presently serving as the Master Fiddler for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Most recently, Mark has begun to travel, teach, and give concerts. Mark has been traveling, playing, and recording with Jimmy Costa of Talcott, West Virginia and Jim Lloyd of Rural Retreat, Virginia, as well as with the Campbell Family Band.

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