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Fiddle Legend Ray Legere Releases “Liberty” for Election Year

Ray legereIn recognition and support of liberty, the cornerstone of American democracy and the free world, Ray Legere has self-composed and freshly arranged a new release entitled Liberty inspired by US elder statesman Benjamin Franklin whom historians suggest wanted "Liberty" to be the US National Anthem.

41st Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree Features Appalachian Traditions

Smithville Fiddlers' JamboreeSmithville, Tennessee -- The 2012 Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival will be held on the square in downtown Smithville on Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th commencing at 9:00 a.m. both days. This well-respected bluegrass festival, celebrating its 41st year, is committed to preserving Appalachian music, dance and craft – a mission that is apparently being accomplished judging from the thousands of spectators that come to the event from every state in the U.S. as well as many visitors from abroad. Over 150 craft booths filled with handmade creations, plus a variety of food vendors, will fill the streets surrounding the courthouse this year.

Pa'S Fiddle: The Music of America Premieres as PBS National Pledge Special

Pa's FiddlePa's Fiddle: The Music of America, the CD series, is based on music that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about in her Little House series. The most recent CD, "Pa's Fiddle" will be released on June 5th. The PBS special will bring the music to life.

Peach Blossom Farm Fiddle and String Camp 2012 Registration Open

Peach Blossom Farm Fiddle and Strings CampOver two hundred pastoral acres high in the Appalachian mountains of Southwestern Virginia welcome you to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures and tranquil spaces of Peach Bottom Farm! This year's Fiddle & Strings Camp is just the way to do that. Here is a rare opportunity to experience Appalachia's music and heritage while receiving intensive and fun-filled instruction with local, national and world renowned professional instructors. Located in Independence, Virginia near both MerleFest and Galax, the region is rich in traditional music and is also near Virginia's Crooked Road of musical heritage.

Musical Ensemble Bowfire Kicks Off 2012 U.S. Tour March 8

BowfireToronto, Ontario, Canada -- Full string ensemble to perform at 18 scheduled venues in the month of March. Bowfire, the amazing violin/fiddle ensemble made up of the leading names in each genre of modern string playing will kick off their 2012 tour March 8, opening at the Bourne Champion Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas followed by 3 shows with the Houston Symphony. The group has 18 scheduled performances in the Southern U.S. throughout the month of March including stops in Texas, Florida, Arkansas and Alabama.

Cascade School of Music Offers Violin/Fiddle Class For Advancing Fiddler by Roland White

Roland WhiteBend, OR -- Cascade School of Music, (CSM), is offering an Adult Violin/Fiddle Class, Winter Term 2012, "The Advancing Fiddler", to be held for 10 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 PM from January 10th to March 13th. Cascade School of Music is now located at 200 Pacific Park Lane, Bend, Oregon in a newly remodeled building with private teaching rooms and administrative offices in a beautiful setting on the Deschutes River.

Casey Driessen: The Singularity Tour 2012

Casey DriessenWhat began as an occasional experiment at camps, festival workshops, and during practice room shenanigans will now become the focus for Casey Driessen next year. The setup is simple: Casey + fiddle + pedal board + a mess of wires. Using recording and looping technology along with digital effects pedals, he will build arrangements and songs layer by layer in real-time for the audience. There is a wide and colorful range of sounds and textures possible from just the fiddle, and he intends to set out on a sonic adventure. You're invited to come along for the ride.

Legendary Bluegrass Fiddler Kenny Baker has Died

Kenny BakerLegendary bluegrass pioneer fiddler Kenneth Clayton Baker (Kenny Baker) died yesterday at age 85. Baker was one of the finest fiddlers in bluegrass and performed with the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, for a quarter century as a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.

Blockbuster First Week For Online Bluegrass Music Academy

Artistworks BluegrassBanjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass players from around the world have been signing up in impressive numbers during a blockbuster first week for the new ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass online. Students from countries including the USA, Canada, Scotland, India, Greece, Norway, England, Germany, Italy and Spain have been flocking to the online music school where they can get One-to-One individualized instruction and personal feedback from a roster of award-winning Bluegrass Music luminaries. Within the bluegrass community the Academy has been seen as a huge step forward for the teaching of the genre online and helping to spread the music around the globe.

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