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A Wild Summer: 2015

It's been a wild summer out here on the road and… ok... it's over!

Before the big Odyssey even started, we had a great trip out to Colorado with The Furies: Emy, Ethan J and Tatiana Hargreaves (interviewed on this site!)….a show at the High Mountain Hay Fever Fester was only one of the highlights. The backstage area was especially nice! this is it.

Amazing faces, places and fiddling. FIrst stop was the wonderful Grey Fox Festival where I did a couple of workshops and performed with my wonderful band Mr Sun; we have a new CD just out!

I'm very proud of it. You can pick up a copy on my website or on the Compass Records website… some of the most hair-raising bass, guitar , and mandolin playing you might ever have heard, plus your ol' buddy DA on Funny Fiddle licks.


 

Leaving after a 2 AM set to get to a 5 AM plane out to NW String Summit for more fun playing with my old boss Dawg, with Del McCoury and Sam Grisman, the Yonder guys and my old bandmate Scott Law, that weekend was truly memorable.. If I could just remember it.

CONTINUED...PART 2:

Scooting down to Southern Oregon and California for some wonderful shows with Emy Phelps, Tristan Clarridge, and Emy's old band Borderline in an emotional reunion concert. We got the Ashland Fiddlergroup out of stage for a rousing performance of Emy's song Down In The Hollow.

we made it to the Sierra Nevada foothills for a great reunion with the greatest Swedish band ever (not ABBA!) …. yes, Vasen.

slingshotting back across the country to Elkins, West Virginia for the Augusta Bluegrass Week

 where I got to pick with my childhood fiddle hero, Byron Berline and my good friends the amazing Joe Walsh and many others, including this remarkable trio of fiddlers.

On to the Swannanoa Gathering near Asheville, North Carolina where we played more memorable concerts with more fantastic musician friends and met more super-talented picker-students. Sometimes it was hard to tell who were the teachers and who were the students; but the stellar talents of Joe Walsh, Alison Brown, Mike Marshall, Alex Hargreaves, Don Stiernberg, Evan Price, Alan Munde, and Joe Craven stood out.

On my way to Grand Targhee in the Grand Tetons for a Bluegrass Festival with Mr Sun, then on to
The Galilivan Center in Salt Lake City for a Darol & Emy appearance on August 15…

Then back to Seattle for my LAST fiddle camp of the summer… at Strings Without Boundaries at Seattle Pacific University....Whew!

P.S. Now I'm back teaching at bBerklee for the semester doing R&D for the marvelous Artistworks community and getting ready to hit the IBMA confference in Raleigh, NC

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