You Can be a FiddleStar

I post things about fiddling. And how we can all be better at it.

<p>Someone is glad his mama is home. #sirwinstoncup #bostonterrier #snowday #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Someone is glad his mama is home. #sirwinstoncup #bostonterrier #snowday #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 2 days ago
<p>Last night in Portland was a lovely evening all around. I got to play a really fun show in a beautiful venue with my dear friends @cjnightdrivers and I got to hang out with some other dear friends who all happen to be fiddle players who inspire me. Today it’s home again, home again, back to snow and confusing temperatures swings but also all my favorite boys like #sirwinstoncup and @adamspickoftheday. Now we ready the house for fiddle and banjo camp. #bluegrass #pnw #fiddlefriends #cuemeimnewhere (at Cerimon House)</p>

Last night in Portland was a lovely evening all around. I got to play a really fun show in a beautiful venue with my dear friends @cjnightdrivers and I got to hang out with some other dear friends who all happen to be fiddle players who inspire me. Today it’s home again, home again, back to snow and confusing temperatures swings but also all my favorite boys like #sirwinstoncup and @adamspickoftheday. Now we ready the house for fiddle and banjo camp. #bluegrass #pnw #fiddlefriends #cuemeimnewhere (at Cerimon House)

Posted 3 days ago
<p>Leaving New York, headed all the way to the other side of the continent to play a couple of shows with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. @cjnightdrivers </p>

<p>Anza Club - Vancouver, B.C. 7pm TONIGHT!! (That’s 1/15)</p>

<p>Cerimon House - Portland, OR 7:30pm Tuesday 1/16 (tickets available through the Oregon Bluegrass Association website. </p>

<p>It’s been too long since I’ve seen all my dear PNW friends. Come on out. (at LaGuardia Airport)</p>

Leaving New York, headed all the way to the other side of the continent to play a couple of shows with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. @cjnightdrivers

Anza Club - Vancouver, B.C. 7pm TONIGHT!! (That’s 1/15)

Cerimon House - Portland, OR 7:30pm Tuesday 1/16 (tickets available through the Oregon Bluegrass Association website.

It’s been too long since I’ve seen all my dear PNW friends. Come on out. (at LaGuardia Airport)

Posted 5 days ago
<p>It’s pretty easy to alphabetize the cast of a one man show. This was a beautiful show and I’m grateful I saw it with Mur. So many important lessons about the stories we tell and just as many difficult questions about the lives of those we love. John Lithgow is a classic actor and story teller and we are lucky to have him. #storiesbyheart #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2018 #pgwodehouse #ringlardner  (at American Airlines Theatre)</p>

It’s pretty easy to alphabetize the cast of a one man show. This was a beautiful show and I’m grateful I saw it with Mur. So many important lessons about the stories we tell and just as many difficult questions about the lives of those we love. John Lithgow is a classic actor and story teller and we are lucky to have him. #storiesbyheart #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2018 #pgwodehouse #ringlardner (at American Airlines Theatre)

Posted 5 days ago

Last #dancingmur video for this #nyc2018 #motherdaughterroadtrip but it’s important because it clarifies something very important about Mur: she loves her some gospel music. Especially if there are children singing it and bonus points for there being brunch food nearby. As far as any of those things go, it doesn’t get any better than this. @singharlemchoir brings it at @ginnysupperclub every Sunday morning. If you’re not familiar with Vi Higginson’s vocal performance program up in Harlem, I suggest you get familiar. Music teachers change lives. #gospelbrunch #harlem #singharlemchoir #downbytheriverside #mymomclapsonthe2and4 (at Ginny’s Supper Club)

Posted 6 days ago

Just a little bonus #dancingmur video for your late Saturday night because we just got back from the @nycwjf and we’re still all aglow from seeing @jasonprover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra (which makes two nights in a row we’ve seen the amazing Miki Yamanaka on piano) and it was a fantastic venue and a lovely show. Not pictured: the ten courses of Scandinavian food we ate at @aquavitnyc earlier because trust me, photos wouldn’t do that meal justice. #murhasallhereggsinonebasket #hotjazzstage #theroxy #tradjazz #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2018 (at The Django)

Posted 6 days ago
<p>You can tell by our winter accoutrements that the temperature has now plummeted to somewhere around 29 degrees. But we don’t care because we’re about to see Bette Midler in Hello Dolly! Also, not for nothin, Daniel Hyde Pierce. This is very exciting. Mur taught me to adore the Divine Miss M from a young age and this is the first time we’re going to see her together. #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2018 #hellodolly #bettemidlerisqueen  (at Hello, Dolly on Broadway)</p>

You can tell by our winter accoutrements that the temperature has now plummeted to somewhere around 29 degrees. But we don’t care because we’re about to see Bette Midler in Hello Dolly! Also, not for nothin, Daniel Hyde Pierce. This is very exciting. Mur taught me to adore the Divine Miss M from a young age and this is the first time we’re going to see her together. #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2018 #hellodolly #bettemidlerisqueen (at Hello, Dolly on Broadway)

Posted 1 week ago

And then we were just walking down the street after seeing @meteorshowerbwy (which was hilarious and absurdist and brilliant - @amyschumer and @laurabenanti and @keeganmic and @jshamos all deserve Tonys) and we discovered @swing46__nyc where the @georgegeeorchestra was performing and all these people were dancing and it was fantastic. Side note: so much diversity on the dance floor and I was reminded just how great it is to be a part of the beautiful American melting pot. People of all stripes, swinging, dancing, having a fabulous time together. #cabcalloway #swing #lindyhop #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2018 #swingpride (at Swing 46 Jazz And Supper Club)

Posted 1 week ago
<p>#dancingmur as still life with David Hockney. #chachacha #themet #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2018  (at Metropolitan Museum of Art)</p>

#dancingmur as still life with David Hockney. #chachacha #themet #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2018 (at Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Posted 1 week ago
<p>It’s 60 degrees and drizzly here at the @metropolitan__museum and we’re actually feeling a bit guilty about it. All those people who came to the Michelangelo exhibit last week braved the single digit weather and snow. We promise to enjoy it twice as much as our penance. #themet #michelangelo #weatherguilt #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2018  (at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)</p>

It’s 60 degrees and drizzly here at the @metropolitan__museum and we’re actually feeling a bit guilty about it. All those people who came to the Michelangelo exhibit last week braved the single digit weather and snow. We promise to enjoy it twice as much as our penance. #themet #michelangelo #weatherguilt #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2018 (at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Posted 1 week ago

 1/25/13
I am excited to embark on a new chapter of my working life - I recently gave my notice to the Pam Tillis organization and will no longer be touring with her or Lorrie Morgan (on their awesome Grits and Glamour Tour). I must admit, I'm sad to be leaving. It's been an incredible four years and I have learned so much. Thanks to Pam, her amazing husband/manager Matt Spicher, and my bandmates, especially the lovely and talented Mary Sue Englund, with whom I spent more time over the last few years than I did with my husband. And I wouldn't trade a minute of it...