Monday, December 27, 2010

Fiddlin' Arkansas Presents: Master Fiddler Series - Matthew Hartz

Fiddlin' Arkansas's Master Fiddler Series presents 3 time Grand Master Fiddle Champion, 2 time Grand National Fiddle Champion and World Champion Fiddler, Matthew Hartz.  Matthew will be presenting breakdown fiddle basics, the mechanics of improvisation and bowing standards in the central Arkansas and northwest Arkansas areas during the fourth weekend in January:  January 20-23.

Purchase breakdown fiddle music here.

Matthew's music spans not only breakdown fiddling where he made his mark, but pop and blues have had a tremendous influence on his playing.  The Matthew Hartz Band presents originals of Matthew's and highlights his songwriting and arranging skills.

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In the words of Gold and Platinum Award winning songwriter, Steve Eaton, "Matt can...give you the whole experience of entertainment. He will make you understand the blues, make you laugh and want to sing along. Every lick and note he plays comes right from the heart." (

Arkansas Schedule (check back for updates):

Thursday, January 20th:
House Concert/Jam - Matthew will present a 45 minute set of his music to be followed by an open jam.
Location:  1740 John Bryant, Dr.  Conway, AR
Time:  6:30 PM
Price:  $8 (suggested donation)

Friday, January 21st:
University of Central Arkansas:  Private Instruction - 8 AM - 1 PM (SFAC Room 208)
All events take place at the         Texas Fiddle Masterclass (free and open to the public) - 3 PM - 5 PM
Snow Fine Arts Center (SFAC)
More information: 501 450-5755
Private Lesson Registration:

Friday, January 21st:
An Evening with Matthew Hartz 
Location:  Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts  Little Rock, AR  (
Time:  7 pm
$10 suggested donation in support of the annual Arkansas Pickin' and Fiddlin' Championships
More information:

Saturday, January 22nd:
Matthew Hartz Music Workshop
Location:  Good Folk Productions  Fayetteville, AR
Time:  1 PM - 4 PM
Price:  $25

Saturday, January 22nd:
Good Folk Productions presents:  Matthew Hartz and the Hobknobbers
Location:  Good Folk Productions  Fayetteville, AR
More information:
Time:  8 PM
Price:  $12

Sunday, January 23rd:
Private Lessons

More from Fiddlin' Arkansas:
1.)  Arkansas Pickin' and Fiddlin' Championships
2.)  Interview with Master Fiddler: Tim Crouch
3.)  Grand National Fiddle Championship
4.)  Arkansas Fiddle and Strings Camp
5.)  Fiddlin' Arkansas's Top 9 of 2009