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Sent: 28 February 2012 12:46

Subject: coming soon


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Sorry for our absence of late. We've been sticking to our principles: If it isn't the very best we won't show it. But boy, will it be worth it.

For those of you who are familiar with fiddlers conventions in Appalachia you know how it works: Vast campsites filled some of the best musicians in the world, with groups of fiddle, banjo, mandolin players jamming 24hrs a day. Informal collaborations form and fall apart, sometimes involving three musicians, sometimes as many as fifteen. Crowds move about these places, growing into murmurations flocking around certain spots, corners of fields, bivouacs. Very often, if you're lucky enough to work your way to the front of the crowd at one of the biggest of these you find, at its centre, one or both of these musicians.

Personal favourites of mine. Carl Jones an elder statesman of mountain folk, is very familiar to UK audiences. Erynn Marshall  probably not at all - but as 'most wanted' among old time musicians, she will be.  And in my view, apart from being an important cultural administrator at the Blue Ridge Music Centre in Virginia, admired author and academic in the field, she is one of the best fiddlers I've ever heard!  

It's a huge priviledge to have these two to play at WiFU.  There's a lot of Carl and Erynn on Youtube but my favourite is this informal moment during the long lonely walk onto the stage at Galax....

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