Galax | Teaching Artist
Areas of Expertise:old-time fiddle, performer, teacher, composer, flatfoot dance, guitar, banjo, singing
Erynn Marshall is an old-time fiddler who lives in Galax, Virginia and is known internationally for her traditional music. Erynn learned the nuances of Appalachian old-time fiddling from rare recordings and visiting 80-95 year-old southern fiddlers. Her effortless, transportive way of playing expresses joy, mournfulness, and stays true to the old tunes. Erynn has performed at festivals, and taught at music camps around the globe. She often tours with her husband - songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carl Jones. Her original tunes are becoming common repertoire in fiddle circles. Erynn won 1st place fiddle at “Clifftop” (The Appalachian Stringband Festival) and was the first woman to do so in 19 years. In 2019, she won first place old-time fiddle Mt. Airy Bluegrass & Old-time Fiddlers Convention. She has recorded six albums and appeared in five films (Voices of Virginia, the Clifftop Experience I’ll Fly Away Home, Conversations with Old-Time Musicians,” plus Never Met a Stranger) and is featured in the new book "Singing at the Clothesline" by Susi Lawson. Erynn is coordinator for Swannanoa Old-Time Week (Swannanoa, NC) and Program Director for Alleghany JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) a non-profit that helps children learn traditional music afterschool. www.dittyville.com
Erynn Marshall has been teaching for over 25 years and combines several approaches based on the needs of each individual student. Fiddling is very much like learning a new language. Good listening skills, learning primarily by ear, exploring bowing patterns, ornaments, listening to traditional bearers, understanding regional styles, history and learning ergonomics so playing is easy and fun are all covered. Erynn can help you learn tunes on the fly in jams, improve your timing, play with great tone and most importantly, get that "old-time sound." To discuss what you would like to learn feel free to email or call Erynn directly.
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