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Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths. They are married – in life and music. When they play, their instruments and voices blend like two forks of the same  river. Southern song-duets and soaring fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse concert sets. They play with ease, spontaneity and vitality. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo stays true to their own muse. Carl’s honest songs can make your heart ache. Erynn’s spirited fiddling can enthrall. Together Carl & Erynn’s expressive, musical meanderings can transport the soul.

Carl Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is widely respected for his instrumental talents and original songs about the joys and tribulations of day-to-day life in the South. Carl’s songs have been recorded by The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins with Tony Rice, and others. His song Last Time On The Road was on the grammy-award-winning album Unleased by the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Originally born in Macon, Georgia, Carl currently lives in Galax, Virginia with wife and musical partner – fiddler, Erynn Marshall. In the 1980’s he played mandolin with James Bryan, Norman and Nancy Blake as part of the Rising Fawn String Ensemble and during the same period won 3rd place and a guitar in the fingerpick-guitar category at Winfield, KS. Carl has recorded many CD’s including Traveling Star featuring his original songs and a 2015 duet album Sweet Memories Never Leave with Marshall which has received great reviews. Carl is known for his fine musicianship on many stringed instruments, keen sense of humor, evocative songwriting, and as a charismatic teacher. Carl has performed or taught all over the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information please visit: www.dittyville.com

Erynn Marshall has carved out a niche for herself as an old-time fiddler in North America and abroad. She has played for thirty-five years, performed and taught at many music camps in the US, Canada and Europe. Erynn learned the nuances of old-time fiddling from visiting 80-95 year-old southern fiddlers and singers for many years. Her fieldwork culminated in the book, Music in the Air Somewhere about West Virginia fiddle and song traditions (WVU Press). Erynn has also appeared in three films, recorded a DVD and five CDs including Sweet Memories Never Leave – a 2015 duet release with Carl Jones. She has won many awards including first place in fiddle at “Clifftop” – The Appalachian Stringband Festival –  in West Virginia (the first woman and person from outside the US to do so). Erynn lives in Galax, Virginia, tours with Carl Jones and the Bowbenders stringband. For more info please visit: www.dittyville.com

“You can hear love, intention, generosity, humor and soul in the music of Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones. They welcome us in and awaken a deep sense and feeling for traditional music that is carved right into our bones.” – Dirk Powell (2015)


Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry

As a family man in the 1990’s Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry career focused more on education while staying closer to home with stints as an elementary and middle school string director at various schools (including Buffalo’s prestigious Nichols School, and the Aurora Waldorf School). He also did hundred’s of “arts integration” school assemblies while a member of Young Audiences and the McClue Artist Guild during this era.

Most recently Geoff has released a new recording of electronica-based electric violin music entitled “Conflation” for Translucent Records (available on iTunes, Amazon and other fine online retailers), is continuing to  develop materials for the Fiddle Jam Institute website, and is experimenting with manufacturing techniques in his shop creating carbon fiber violin tops and “art tailpieces,” and a new kind of electric violin pick-up, that will be available through his sister site OutlawFiddle.com.


Tom @ Blue Moon Farm-1

Tom Morley: I’ve always moved freely between the worlds of classical violin and folk fiddling throughout my entire career as a performer and as a teacher—playing with the symphony one night, playing jigs and reels at the local Irish pub session the next. As I became obsessed with Irish fiddling, my students wanted to learn more about it too, so over the past decade of teaching private lessons and group workshops, I developed my “hybrid” approach to Irish fiddling. The techniques, concepts, and lessons I put together in Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle can be a fun way for any player to improve his or her violin or fiddling skills.

Mike Spears
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