Intermediate-Advanced Old Time Fiddle Bowing Workshop with Erynn Marshall

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The Handmade Music School presents an intermediate-advanced old time fiddle bowing workshop with Erynn Marshall on Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. This event will be streamed live through Crowdcast. Cost is $1 to $100 (suggested donation of $15).

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In this class we will learn a tune that uses more advanced, old-time bowing including pulses and a variety of bow rocks. Often ornaments in southern fiddling are achieved with the bow-hand but some noting-hand ornaments will be covered for good measure. We’ll talk about the “rhythmic skeleton” of the tune, how cool bowing accents are, and the back beat too. Come learn the tune or just listen if you are new to old-time fiddling but are interested what bowing fun lies on the horizon.

Erynn Marshall is an old-time fiddler who lives in Galax, Virginia and is known internationally for her traditional music. Erynn learned the nuances of Appalachian old-time fiddling from rare recordings and visiting 80-95 year-old southern fiddlers. Still she puts her own spin on the traditional music she plays – sounding authentic, archaic and transportive while playing in a smooth and effortless way. Erynn performs at festivals, teaches at music camps around the globe, and tours with her husband – songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carl Jones. Her tunes are becoming common repertoire in fiddle circles. Erynn won 1st place fiddle at “Clifftop” (The Appalachian String Band Festival) and was the first woman to do so. She has recorded six albums and appeared in five films (Voices of Virginia, the Clifftop Experience I’ll Fly Away Home, Conversations with Old-Time Musicians,” plus the upcoming Never Met a Stranger). She is coordinator for Swannanoa Old-Time Week near Asheville, NC.

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