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Mike Barnett to Release Solo Album ‘One Song Romance’

One Song RomanceNashville, TN -- From a young age, Mike Barnett has made his mark on the bluegrass world as an extremely talented fiddler. He has toured as a member of Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, the David Grisman Sextet and the progressive bluegrass quintet, The Deadly Gentleman, which he co-founded. With the release of his debut solo project, One Song Romance, Barnett is poised to establish himself as a solo artist with a broad and engaging musical vision that reaches from bluegrass into acoustic jazz and beyond.

Missy Werner Welcomes Fiddler Suzanna Barnes to the Band

Suzanna BarnesOn the heels of her recent album release, Missy Werner announced the addition of fiddle player and vocalist Suzanna Barnes to the band saying, "I am delighted that Suzanna is joining us. She is a versatile musician, she adds an entirely new facet to our sound, and I look forward to working with her."

Mark O’Connor's Fiddle Method Comes to Texas

Texas O'Connor MethodThe O’Connor Method has been revered as the method to rival, as it combines the art of teaching young children with the teaching of American music. By joining the rich heritage of American music with the art of playing a stringed instrument, the O’Connor Method has the ingredients to stand the test of time in every aspect of a creative string method. Founded by fiddler, Mark O’Connor, the method is centered around engaging young musicians with American music history.

Masters of Fiddle Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy 6/22

Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMasterCleveland Heights, OH -- Almost fifteen years after her first performance at Cain Park in 2000, Grammy-nominated fiddler Natalie MacMaster will be returning to Cleveland Heights for a concert on June 22, 2014 in the Evans Amphitheater. But this time, she will be accompanied by her husband, Donnell Leahy, who is a renowned fiddler as well, in The Masters of Fiddle.

Educator-Fiddler Lauren Rioux Launches "Jam With Lauren"

Lauren RiouxAustin, TX -- Lauren Rioux, Portland Maine’s violin teacher and international performer has created an online learning community Jam With Lauren, that provides students from around the world access to her innovative curriculum and inimitable teaching style. Lauren’s fiddle lessons provide instruction on popular fiddle tunes and the techniques used to play them in social settings, such as jams and gigs.

1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddler Winner Announced

Gail Johnson, Randall Franks, Maddie DentonOrganizers at the 1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddlers Convention welcomed over 125 contestants including fiddlers, guitarists, mandolinists, bands, banjo players, and cloggers from states across the south to Ringgold, GA on May 24, 2014. Fiddlers and dancers struck a chord with audiences as they cheered dozens of musicians on to victory to win nearly $7,000 in prize money sponsored by Walter Jackson Chevrolet, Complete Cash, Wells Fargo on the Northwest Georgia Bank stage at the historic Catoosa County Courthouse.

Mark O'Connor and Young Violin Stars Celebrate American Music On New Album

Mark O'ConnorOn June 10th, Grammy-winning violinist, composer, educator and former child prodigy Mark O’Connor will release his album MOC4, continuing his mission of bringing American music back to the forefront of string-playing. Now in his 40th year as a recording artist, O’Connor has collaborated with six acclaimed and previously mentored violinists on MOC4, including Bela Fleck & My Morning Jacket-collaborator Jeremy Kittel, Ahn Trio member Angella Ahn, the O’Connor String Quartet’s Kelly Hall-Tompkins, current Naumburg prize winner Tessa Lark, Jeff Daniels' fiddler and music producer Brad Phillips, and 2013 Downbeat Magazine “Rising Star” Sara Caswell.

Fiddler's Grove Ole Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival May 23-25

Cockman Family Bluegrass BandUnion Grove, NC -- In 1924, H.P. Van Hoy, a schoolteacher and fiddler, thought of an innovative way to raise money for Union Grove School; he would hold a fiddler's convention. The convention became a tradition, carried on in recent years by Harper A. Van Hoy, H. P. Van Hoy's son. On May 23-25, 2014, the fourth generation of Van Hoy descendants will open the gate for the 90th iteration of that acclaimed musical institution: a weekend of competition, performances by invited musicians, workshops, jamming, and the renewal of years-long friendships. This is the oldest fiddler's contest in North America, acclaimed a Local Legacy by the Library of Congress, icon of the genre, and not to be missed. The Fiddler's Grove Ole Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival is held at 1819 West Memorial Hwy., Union Grove, NC.

2014 State of Mississippi Bluegrass Championships May 17

Skeet Thomas and FriendsMark your calendars for the 2014 State of Mississippi Bluegrass Championships, Down from the Hills Bluegrass Festival on May 17, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds in New Albany, Mississippi. More than $8,000.00 will be given in youth and adult categories of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dobro, and bluegrass band.

12th American String Teachers Assoc. Fiddle Tune Composition Contest

12th American String Teachers Assoc.The Twelvth Annual Nebraska American String Teachers Association Fiddle Tune Composition Contest is coming up and so is the entry deadline. This event inspires fiddlers from all over to compose their own tunes and supports the cause of string education throughout the great state of Nebraska.

Help Cheer Up Tex Logan by Bringing Christmas to Him

Tex Logan with Bill MonroeLonesome Pine RFD Bluegrass DJ, Carol Beaugard, has been keeping us posted on Tex Logan. At this time of the year, he probably needs a bit of cheering up. Christmas Carol says, "Beloved legendary bluegrass fiddler Tex Logan who composed the classic 'Christmas Time's a Coming' is in a rehabilitation center. He will be coming home after Christmas. Let's give Tex the gift of love this holiday - will you write him a Christmas card? the address is noted in this message from his daughter Jody. Wouldn't it be great if he could receive 1,000 cards before Christmas?! Please share this and let's make this the most magical time of the year for one of our best."

ASU Old Time Fiddlers Convention Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Sons of BluegrassThe sixth annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention is just around the corner! The convention takes place Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. This is an all day event. The Fiddlers Convention is free to the public, though there is an entry fee for the competitions. Registration begins at 10:00am, check the 2014 Competition Schedule for contest times. The 2014 Convention registration for competing is $5, admission is FREE to all. The event features luthiers gathering, jamming, workshops, and competitions for adult and youth.

Fiddlin Carson Peters to Tape Song of the Mountains

Carson PetersMarion, VA -- Nine year old Carson Peters recently appeared on the Jay Leno Show. This young man from Piney Flats, Tennessee amazes audiences wherever he performs including Leno and the national television audience a few weeks ago. In 2008, Carson and his parents began attending Old-time and Bluegrass festivals where Carson could hear and jam with some very talented musicians as well as compete in youth fiddle competitions. His most noteworthy contest wins have taken place at the Bluegrass and Old-time Fiddlers’ Convention in Mt. Airy, NC where he has received first place in the Youth Old-time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle and Youth Folk Song categories. He has also received the most promising young talent award at this festival in multiple years. Carson was also named Tennessee State Peewee Fiddle Champion for 2010 in Clarksville, Tennessee and has also won first place in the Youth Old-Time and the Youth Bluegrass Fiddle category at the famous Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, Virginia.

Music City Roots Presents April Verch, Greencards, Hillbenders Nov 13

April VerchMusic City Roots writes, "Last week at Guitar Night we saw how much was possible on six strings. This week we’ll raise the degree of difficulty and spotlight some innovators on the old four-string, the Devil’s Box, the G/D/A/E, as my colleague A.J. called it this week, perhaps because she loves acronyms. Call it a fiddle in the hands of show-opener April Verch or go with the more formal moniker embraced by our guest artists Black Violin, this miraculous instrument, animated by a horse hair bow of all things, beloved by our culture for 500 years, still explodes with possibilities in the hands (and chins) of inspired musicians.
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The Grascals Announce New Fiddler, Adam Haynes

Adam HaynesThe Grascals have made a rapid band lineup change since we ran Bluegrass Fiddler Jeremy Abshire Begins his Next Music Chapter a few days ago. Yesterday, the super bluegrass music group, The Grascals, announced their new fiddler on Facebook, "Well, we thought we'd have to take more time to find the right fit, but when it's right it's right! We're pleased to announce that fiddler, Adam Haynes is the newest Grascal! We are so happy to have Adam in the band and look forward to all of you being able to hear him play.

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