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 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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