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Laura Orshaw's “Songs of Lost Yesterdays” Released

Songs of Lost YesterdaysLaura Orshaw is a celebrated multi-instrumentalist and powerhouse singer who has earned die-hard fans across the country. Laura’s latest solo project, Songs of Lost Yesterdays is available on iTunes, Amazon and all the usual suspects. Songs of Lost Yesterdays includes a mix of 11 tracks consisting of originals and covers with guest artists including: Matt Witler (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Tony Watt (guitar), Alex Muri (bass), Michael Reese 9guitar and vocal harmony), Mark Orshaw (vocal harmony) and John Mailander (fiddle harmony). Laura took care and consideration when choosing each song to include on her project, with each song having a story behind it.

Fiddler Jamie Harper Releases "Old Pal"

Jamie Harper - Old PalWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of a stellar new album from fiddler, Jamie Harper. Old Pal is available to radio and consumers today with his first single, "To Fly," already receiving airplay across the country! Joining Harper on Old Pal are fellow Ramblers Choice band members, Jason Davis (banjo), and Kameron Keller (bass), as well as Keith McKinnon of IIIrd Tyme Out (guitar), Quicksilver's Kevin McKinnon (mandolin) and Josh Swift (dobro). This band of like-minded young men are accompanied by several guest vocalists including Dustin Pyrtle and Eli Johnston, both Quicksilver band members, and accomplished singer-songwriter, Daniel Salyer. Also making appearances on the album are Marty Raybon and Junior Sisk, making for a perfect musical blend across the generations. The guest vocalists are a superb addition throughout the project, but Harper himself shines on several songs including a rousing and spot-on version of Bill Monroe's "Goodbye Old Pal."

Special Carter Fold Show on Wednesday, May 13th

Fiddlin’ Carson PetersHiltons, VA -- Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band. This concert is a special concert for a group of European country music enthusiasts organized by the Phil Mack International Country Show. There will be a group of over 100 visitors from Europe attending the show. The concert is open to the public. Come out and join us for this special concert. We need help showcasing our region’s southern hospitality and talent for our European visitors. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Laura Orshaw Fiddles Her Way to a Fine Solo Project

Laura OrshawNashville, TN -- Laura Orshaw is an exciting voice on today’s acoustic music scene. Fast-becoming one of today’s celebrated emerging artists, she is a multi-instrumentalist and compelling singer. Laura earns die-hard fans across the country with her energy and her earnest performance, playing and singing with joy and drive.

Doug Bartlett Joins Hammertowne

Doug BartlettWith the release of a brand new album, Highways & Heartaches, just days away, Hammertowne has added another weapon to their arsenal. Doug Bartlett, a seasoned veteran on the bluegrass circuit, joins the Hammertowne band on fiddle and vocals. Doug has cut quite a large path through the years as a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver(recording no less than 3 albums), The Lonesome River Band, The James King Band, and Del McCoury to name a few.

Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers' Assoc to hold 50th Anniversary Concert

Oregon Oldtime Fiddler's AssociationOregon Oldtime Fiddlers' Association (OOTFA) is presenting a Celebration Concert featuring State and National Champion Fiddlers at their 50th Annual State Convention at the Polk County Fairgrounds on April 10th, from 7 to 10 pm.

Flatt Lonesome Headline Burnet Bluegrass Fest & Fiddlers Contest

Flatt Lonesome2014 Emerging Artist of the Year Flatt Lonesome will be the featured entertainment at this year's City of Burnet Bluegrass Festival. Named one of the “Five Rising Roots Acts to Watch in 2015” by CMT Edge, Flatt Lonesome made their Texas debut last year at Haley Nelson Park. Also entertaining will be the Sieker Band and Dueling Hearts.

Celtic Fiddle Camp Coming this March in Nebraska

The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, NebraskaThe Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be hosting a special "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp", for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured. The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt. The camp will be on Wednesday, March 11 - Friday, March 13, from 9 AM to 1 PM. You can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.

Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention Feb 5-7th

Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddler’s ConventionBoone, NC -- The Appalachian Heritage Council is pleased to announce the 7th annual Appalachian State University Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention and Luthiers Gathering on February 5-7th, 2015. The ASU Old-Time Fiddlers Convention is held on the campus of Appalachian State University and is 100% student operated. This unique three-day event draws over 400 attendees from nine states and celebrates the rich musical and cultural history of the Appalachian region. Events include; concerts, instructional workshops, music competitions, a gathering of luthiers, as well as a handmade market featuring crafters from across the region.

Fiddlin' at the Carter Fold Saturday with 9-Year Old Carson Peters

Carson PetersHiltons, VA -- Nine-year old Carson Peters, or “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters,” as he is becoming known, is a true musical prodigy. He is quickly making a name for himself with his fiddle by winning competitions and entertaining audiences across the region. Carson lives with his parents, Jamie and Robin Peters, in Piney Flats, Tennessee. They noticed at a very early age that he could keep time with any tune being played by clapping his hands or tapping his feet. His special talent for music became apparent after he taught himself to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” at the ripe opld age of two on a ukulele that his grandmother bought him. Saturday, December 13th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.

Darin and Brooke Aldridge Welcome their New Fiddler

Carley ArrowoodCarley Arrowood is the newest addition to the Darin and Brooke Aldridge band. The 18 year old college freshman from Union Mills, North Carolina plays fiddle and sings harmony. She spent three years with the IBMA Kids On Bluegrass program and has won multiple First Place awards, including the North Carolina Mountain State Fair and the 2013 Ellenboro Fiddlers Convention. At the 2014 Union Grove Fiddler’s Convention she won First Place in the adult bluegrass fiddle and in the adult female vocals competitions. Carley also placed 6th in adult bluegrass fiddle at this year’s Galax Old Fiddlers Convention.

Fiddler Wil Markham Receives Share America Scholarship

Wil Markham, second from left, receives the 2014 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks, third from left, . Others joining the presentation are, from left, Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary., Share America photo by Jane ScrogginsThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its first 2014 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddle player Wil Markham of Signal Mountain, Tenn. was selected as one of the 2014 winners. Markham is the son of Skip and Harriet Markham of Signal Mountain, Tenn. He is the grandson of Wilbourne and Delores Markham and Phil and the late Stuart Wilkerson.

Katrina Nicolayeff Crowned Grand Master Fiddler Champion

Grand Master Fiddler Katrina NicolayeffGrand Master Fiddler Championship crowns the 2014 master. The Grand Master Champion for 2014 is Katrina Nicolayeff of Boise, Idaho. Nicolayeff joins Mark O'Connor, Matthew Hartz, and Danita Rast Gardner as three-time champions. Jesse Maw of Kalispell, Montana placed second. Nicolayeff took home $1,200 in cash, a Grand Master Fiddler plaque, and will appear on the Grand Ole Opry. Maw received $1,100 and a plaque.

Fiddlers Violet Hensley, Randall Franks Chronicle 10 Decades

Whittlin' and Fiddldin' My Own WayCo-authors Violet Hensley and Randall Franks debuted the new book with opening weekend signings in Branson, Mo. and Nashville, Tenn. “Whittlin’ and Fiddlin’ My Own Way: The Violet Hensley Story” reflects nearly a century of experiences through the eyes of Silver Dollar City personality Violet Hensley.

Bluegrass at Carter Fold with Michael Feagan and Fiddlegrass Sep 20

Michael Feagan photo - Mike MorbeckHiltons, VA -- Michael Feagan has played with some of bluegrass music’s finest – Bill Monroe and Larry Sparks to name a few. He’s also worked with David Peterson & 1946 as well as country singer and guitarist Jerry Reed. Most recently, Michael accompanied Kody Norris on fiddle at his last show at the Fold. Michael will be backed by Fiddlegrass – some of bluegrass music’s finest musicians. Saturday, September 20th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by Michael Feagan and Fiddlegrass. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

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