Country Superstar and amazing fiddler
It was one of the highlights of my life to interview Country and Western superstar, Jana Jae. Over the course of a few days I spoke with Jana about her life and times. Jana is not only a world class entertainer and musician, she’s a kind of spokesperson for all things music. She’s an accomplished classical player as well as bluegrass, western swing, jazz, Irish and just about every other genre one can think of. Both of Jana’s parents were classically trained violinist, however it was her grandfather that influenced the musical direction she went towards.
Jana was playing and winning fiddling contests in the early seventies. During the mid-seventies she was heard by Buck Owens and eventually was hired. She was the first female to be in the Buck Owen’s band, The Buckaroos. Jana appeared on the hit T.V. show, Hee-Haw. She has performed all over the globe and continues to perform today.
Jana is an inspiration to me and musicians all over.
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Also this month the amazing Irish fiddler, Tom Morley is bringing us more classic Irish fiddle with the Irish air, The boolavogue waltz. This is a great tune and Tom does a great job teaching it. Tom’s teaching style is absolutely incredible
As an Irish fiddler, Tom has made multiple trips to Ireland to perform and research traditional Irish music (studying with and playing alongside legendary fiddlers including Manus McGuire, Maurice Lennon, Liz Carroll, Kevin Burke, Frankie Gavin, and Gerry O’Connor). He teaches privately and at fiddle workshops and has taught Irish fiddling at the O’Connor String Camp in Charleston, SCOR Adult String Camps in Atlanta, and for the Boston area annual 3-day workshop event known as the Fiddle Hell Gathering. In 2013 he took his adult fiddle group, the Irish Trad Explorers, on a tour across Ireland, where they performed in community centers, churches, and pubs, often alongside top Irish musicians. He is a regular contributor to iFiddle digital magazine and is the author of two well-received fiddle books: the tutorial Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle (reviewed in Fiddler magazine, Irish Music magazine and the American String Teachers Assoc. Journal) and Fiddle Club Favorites, a collection of fun tunes for beginning players.
Go to Tom’s site at Learn Irish Trad Fiddle
Mitch Reed is a Traditional Music Instructor. Besides offering private lessons and online fiddle breakdowns he has taught at Fiddle Camps hosted by Jay Ungar, Mark O’Connor, and Louisiana Folk Roots. In addition I have worked with the Smithsonian Institution Office of Folklife Programs in Louisiana schools as well as International conferences since 1989.
He currently play with BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and live in Scott, LA with my wife and daughters where he offers lessons in The Front Room, the working music and art studio. It is here that Mitch proudly passes on the unwritten tradition of Cajun fiddling and storytelling.
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