Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Dale Morris Jr. Birthday Bash and Free Guitar Lessons

Happy Thanksgiving!

What a treat it was to host the legendary, Dale Morris Jr.!  One would be hard-pressed to find more talent in a kinder man.  I still get jitters thinking about the power with which he plays and the feel he exerts through the violin.  Below, I've attached a couple snapshots from the Master Fiddler Series last weekend with Dale.  The header photo was from the Sunday matinee performance, a.k.a. The Dale Jr. Birthday Bash!! Thank you to Heather DeWeber for the photos and videos. 

Parking lot jam after the show Sunday night
 
Dale in action at the Hot Springs workshop

Hot Springs Workshop attendees with Dale

Follow the link here for a clip of the performance at Wildwood Park in Little Rock.  Dale performed a variety of music from swing to Cajun to jazz as well as some straight ahead Texas style fiddling like you saw in the clip.  Did I mention, it was Dale's birthday!?  Did you get some of the cake?  It was delicious!!
Happy 21st Birthday, Dale Morris Jr - from Fiddlin Arkansas (note the pink camoflauge icing...)

Thank you to Paul DeWeber (and family), Bill Carter of B. C.'s Fiddles and Bows, Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts and Scott Aycock of House Concerts Unlimited for their hard work and support.  None of this would happen without you!

Thank you also to Tim and Steve Trawick, Bill Nesbitt, Paul DeWeber and Rockin' Acoustic Circus for the music and jamming!  It's such an honor to play with such talented musicians!

To date, the Master Fiddler Series has hosted some of the world's finest violinists including Matthew Hartz, Megan Lynch, Junior Marriott and of course, Dale Morris Jr.  I would like to hear from you.  Who would you like to see be the feature of an upcoming Master Fiddler Series?  Who are your fiddle heroes?  I would absolutely love to hear your opinion.

Who loves free stuff!?  Well, I am offering an opportunity for you to claim a FREE guitar lesson!!  That's right, FREE!!  For those of you who don't know, I teach guitar and mandolin lessons both in person and online.  I am Skype and iChat(AIM) equipped as well, so we don't even need to be in the same place!  Send an email to jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com for complete details on how to claim  your free lesson.

Do you know of any fiddle friendly jams?  Please let me know the information as to where, when and a contact.  I would love to post the information on the Fiddlin Arkansas Calendar where anyone and everyone can visit and find out where they can play.  Send me your information. 

Finally, thank you, thank you, thank you!!  I want to thank each and every one of you for your support and passion for fiddle music and the joy it brings you.  Together, we are providing a positive environment that will grow and shape our community for years to come.  Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!  I look forward to seeing you soon!

-Jonathan Trawick
CEO Fiddlin Arkansas

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Cornbread Raffle Winners and World Champion Fiddling

Hello again! 
It's a cold, rainy day up here in northwest Arkansas.  I don't know about you, but I LOVE the fall!!  It's my favorite time of year.  There is just nothing like a campfire and fiddle tunes all night long.  
World Champion Fiddler, Dale Morris, Jr.
will be visiting Arkansas and Oklahoma this weekend. Locations include Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hot Springs, Arkansas and Little Rock, Arkansas. Dale Jr. will be available for private lessons, between his scheduled workshops and performances. Email jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com to reserve your private lesson. Special thanks to Scott Aycock and Paul DeWeber for their passion and assistance in setting up this next installment in the Master Fiddler SeriesClick here to hear Dale, Jr. in action!

Friday, November 11
Private lessons (daytime) - email jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com
Performance with the Rockin Acoustic Circus
at The Garden Deva in Tulsa, OK - 6:30 PM
Click here for more information and tickets


Saturday, November 12
Fiddle Workshop/Demonstration
Antioch Baptist Church in Royal, AR (Hot Springs area)
9 AM - 12 PM
Private Lessons available in the afternoon/evening email jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com
Call Paul DeWeber at 501.520.7359 for tickets
Click here for more information

Sunday, November 13
Fiddle Workshop - 1 PM - 2:30 PM
"A Touch of Texas featuring the music of Dale Morris, Jr." Opening the show will be Arkansas music icons Steve and Tim Trawick.  This is a rare opportunity to hear the Trawick Brothers in a public setting. 
3 PM - 5 PM at Wildwood Park in Little Rock, AR
Click here for more information/registration/tickets

Who is Dale Morris, Jr.? Dale Morris, Jr. hails from the legendary Morris family from Texas. His Uncle, Terry Morris is hailed by many as the greatest Texas fiddler ever. Successful violinist, Mark O'Connor has listed Terry Morris as one of his fiddle heroes. Dale, Jr.'s Dad, Dale Morris is also a legendary fiddler. Dale Morris still teaches fiddle and performs regularly. Dale Morris, Jr. has played and recorded with the likes of Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, John Mayall and Billy Bob Thornton to name a few.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! to all the winners of the raffle drawings at the Cornbread Festival last Saturday.  If you were not present to claim your prize, please email jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com or call 501.730.5138 and I will make sure you get it.  And the winners are...

1 hr Guitar Lesson with nationally renowned musician, Jonathan Trawick (value $60) - Tammy Warren

1 hr Mandolin Lesson with nationally renowned musician, Jonathan Trawick (value $60) - Steve Tailor
Full sized fiddle with a case and bow (value - $200) - The Tucker Family
2 tickets to "A Touch of Texas featuring the music of World Champion Fiddler, Dale Morris, Jr." at Wildwood Park in Little Rock on Sunday, November 13, 3 PM (value $40) - Sarah Dixon




Do you want to keep up to date on what's going on in the Arkansas fiddle world?  Feel free to sign up for the email list and stay in touch!  Click here for our email signup page.   I look forward to hearing from you!                                                   - Jonathan Trawick
                                                    CEO Fiddlin Arkansas



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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cornbread Festival, Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Champions and more...


Happy Halloween!!  Well, Happy After Day After anyway....

Below, you will find updates on upcoming fiddlin events including the Cornbread Festival, another raffle opportunity, guitar and mandolin workshops and the next Master Fiddler Series.  Also, winners from the Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Championships have been posted.  Congratulations to everyone who participated.  Check it out!

Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Championships

Congratulations to all the winners and participants at the Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Championships!  Winners have been posted, click here to see the complete listing of winners.
  I've attached a video clip Casey Penn was able to capture on her phone of the judges performing.  Here is a direct link if the video does not appear below.

Special thanks to Casey, Flap Jones, Jody Pearson, Jeanne Trawick, Sherry Tinerella, our wonderful judges:  Tim Crouch, Junior Marriott and Katrina Nicolayeff, the staff at Wildwood including:  Cliff Baker, Kristen Vandaveer, Leslie Golden and thank YOU for coming out in support!  This event (or any, for that matter) would not be possible without you for participating in the contests, showing up just to jam, or just showing up for moral support or to heckle your favorite banjo player!!  Thanks for making this year a success!  - Jonathan Trawick, C.E.O/Founder

Fiddlin Arkansas

If you're interested in getting more involved, shoot an email to jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com.  Did you know that the fiddle is the Arkansas State Instrument?

Cornbread Festival

Saturday, November 5 stop by the first annual Cornbread Festival.  At the Fiddlin Arkansas booth, there will be music and jamming all day long!  Ozark fiddling expert, Martin Martin will be demonstrating true Ozark fiddling in the morning and discussing some of the Ozark fiddlers and their music.  The Davanzo Family Band, Bill Nesbitt, Darwin Fontenot, River Lee, Julie Russell and more will be at the booth performing and jamming.  Bring your instruments for a free jam open to the public in the afternoon!  Raffle items will include a private music lesson with Jonathan Trawick, a full size fiddle, and two tickets to the next Master Fiddler Series Concert in Little Rock.  Also appearing will be Shannon Wurst, Jonathan Trawick and others.  Visit www.arcornbreadfestival.com for more details and directions to the event.


Guitar and Mandolin Workshops in Conway

Sunday, November 6 at Conway Institute of Music, nationally renowned musician, Jonathan Trawick will be hosting workshops focusing on guitar and mandolin. 

The guitar workshop will be tailored toward beginning/intermediate guitarists.  Topics will include basic strumming techniques and the chords used in most every song!  Learn just how simple it really is to play your favorite song.  More advanced players will learn ideas behind chord substitutions and how to improve your playing both in the strumming hand and in the fretting hand.  This workshop is limited to the first 10 registrants so register today to secure your spot!  It will be from 1 PM - 2:30 PM at Conway Institute of Music behind Taco Bell on Prince St. in Conway.  For more information, email jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com.  Register today!

Bring your mandolin and come hang out with nationally renowned musician, Jonathan Trawick. Topics will include everything from basic ideas such as how to hold your pick to jam etiquette to the mandolins' place in a band to how fiddle tunes will improve your playing and improvisation ideas for the more advanced. All are welcome! Don't miss your chance, this event is limited to the first 10 registrants. The workshop will be from 3 PM - 4:30 PM at Conway Institute of Music behind Taco Bell on Prince St. in Conway.  Register by emailing jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com.


Master Fiddler Series

Dale Morris, Jr. is one of the world's most renowned and legendary fiddle players.  Regarded as part of Texas fiddle royalty, Dale, Jr. is the son of legendary fiddler, Dale Morris.  Dale's brother Terry Morris is considered by many to be the epitomy of Texas style fiddling.  Dale, Jr. is a Grand National Fiddle Champion, 2 time Grand Master Fiddle Champion and has also won the World Championships of Fiddling in Crockett, Texas.  He currently plays with country music legend, Ray Price.  Other artists Dale, Jr. has played with include Willie Nelson, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Marty Stuart, Billy Bob Thornton and John Mayall to name a few.  Friday, November 11, Dale, Jr. will be playing a special show with the Rockin Acoustic Circus in Tulsa, OK.  Tickets for the event can be found by emailing Scott Aycock of House Concerts Unlimited.  Saturday, November 12, Dale, Jr. will appear in Hot Springs then on Sunday, November 13, Dale, Jr. will appear in Little Rock at Wildwood Park.  More will be available soon.  If you are interested in scheduling a private lesson with this legendary fiddler, email jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com.  Private lessons with Dale, Jr. are $75/hr.  Half-hour slots are also available.

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Cornbread Festival, Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Champions and more...

Happy Halloween!!  Well, Happy After Day After anyway....

Below, you will find updates on upcoming fiddlin events including the Cornbread Festival, another raffle opportunity, guitar and mandolin workshops and the next Master Fiddler Series.  Also, winners from the Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Championships have been posted.  Congratulations to everyone who participated.  Check it out!

Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Championships

Congratulations to all the winners and participants at the Arkansas Pickin and Fiddlin Championships!  Winners have been posted, click here to see the complete listing of winners.
  I've attached a video clip Casey Penn was able to capture on her phone of the judges performing.  Here is a direct link if the video does not appear below.

Special thanks to Casey, Flap Jones, Jody Pearson, Jeanne Trawick, Sherry Tinerella, our wonderful judges:  Tim Crouch, Junior Marriott and Katrina Nicolayeff, the staff at Wildwood including:  Cliff Baker, Kristen Vandaveer, Leslie Golden and thank YOU for coming out in support!  This event (or any, for that matter) would not be possible without you for participating in the contests, showing up just to jam, or just showing up for moral support or to heckle your favorite banjo player!!  Thanks for making this year a success!  - Jonathan Trawick, C.E.O/Founder

Fiddlin Arkansas

If you're interested in getting more involved, shoot an email to jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com.  Did you know that the fiddle is the Arkansas State Instrument?

Cornbread Festival

Saturday, November 5 stop by the first annual Cornbread Festival.  At the Fiddlin Arkansas booth, there will be music and jamming all day long!  Ozark fiddling expert, Martin Martin will be demonstrating true Ozark fiddling in the morning and discussing some of the Ozark fiddlers and their music.  The Davanzo Family Band, Bill Nesbitt, Darwin Fontenot, River Lee, Julie Russell and more will be at the booth performing and jamming.  Bring your instruments for a free jam open to the public in the afternoon!  Raffle items will include a private music lesson with Jonathan Trawick, a full size fiddle, and two tickets to the next Master Fiddler Series Concert in Little Rock.  Also appearing will be Shannon Wurst, Jonathan Trawick and others.  Visit www.arcornbreadfestival.com for more details and directions to the event.


Guitar and Mandolin Workshops in Conway

Sunday, November 6 at Conway Institute of Music, nationally renowned musician, Jonathan Trawick will be hosting workshops focusing on guitar and mandolin. 

The guitar workshop will be tailored toward beginning/intermediate guitarists.  Topics will include basic strumming techniques and the chords used in most every song!  Learn just how simple it really is to play your favorite song.  More advanced players will learn ideas behind chord substitutions and how to improve your playing both in the strumming hand and in the fretting hand.  This workshop is limited to the first 10 registrants so register today to secure your spot!  It will be from 1 PM - 2:30 PM at Conway Institute of Music behind Taco Bell on Prince St. in Conway.  For more information, email jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com.  Register today!

Bring your mandolin and come hang out with nationally renowned musician, Jonathan Trawick. Topics will include everything from basic ideas such as how to hold your pick to jam etiquette to the mandolins' place in a band to how fiddle tunes will improve your playing and improvisation ideas for the more advanced. All are welcome! Don't miss your chance, this event is limited to the first 10 registrants. The workshop will be from 3 PM - 4:30 PM at Conway Institute of Music behind Taco Bell on Prince St. in Conway.  Register by emailing jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com.


Master Fiddler Series

Dale Morris, Jr. is one of the world's most renowned and legendary fiddle players.  Regarded as part of Texas fiddle royalty, Dale, Jr. is the son of legendary fiddler, Dale Morris.  Dale's brother Terry Morris is considered by many to be the epitomy of Texas style fiddling.  Dale, Jr. is a Grand National Fiddle Champion, 2 time Grand Master Fiddle Champion and has also won the World Championships of Fiddling in Crockett, Texas.  He currently plays with country music legend, Ray Price.  Other artists Dale, Jr. has played with include Willie Nelson, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Marty Stuart, Billy Bob Thornton and John Mayall to name a few.  Friday, November 11, Dale, Jr. will be playing a special show with the Rockin Acoustic Circus in Tulsa, OK.  Tickets for the event can be found by emailing Scott Aycock of House Concerts Unlimited.  Saturday, November 12, Dale, Jr. will appear in Hot Springs then on Sunday, November 13, Dale, Jr. will appear in Little Rock at Wildwood Park.  More will be available soon.  If you are interested in scheduling a private lesson with this legendary fiddler, email jonathan@fiddlinarkansas.com.  Private lessons with Dale, Jr. are $75/hr.  Half-hour slots are also available.

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