You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>And by the way, we had FLOOR SEATS AT THE GARDEN! And no big deal, Lou Gramm and Mick Jones from Foreigner showed up and sang Foreigner songs in the middle of the Billy Joel concert and also I hate the @nyrangers but still - we sat where Gretzky skated and also, I hate the @nyknicks but we sat where Patrick Ewing shot baskets. These are undeniably cool things. I don’t care who you hate. #boorangers #knickssuck #butstill #coldasice #thegarden  (at Madison Square Garden)</p>

And by the way, we had FLOOR SEATS AT THE GARDEN! And no big deal, Lou Gramm and Mick Jones from Foreigner showed up and sang Foreigner songs in the middle of the Billy Joel concert and also I hate the @nyrangers but still - we sat where Gretzky skated and also, I hate the @nyknicks but we sat where Patrick Ewing shot baskets. These are undeniably cool things. I don’t care who you hate. #boorangers #knickssuck #butstill #coldasice #thegarden (at Madison Square Garden)

Posted 1 week ago

First #dancingmur of 2018 and it’s a doozy! We just saw Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden. That is all. #dontaskmewhy #billyjoel #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2018 (at Madison Square Garden)

Posted 1 week ago

Best discovery of the @mandolin2842 birthday party last night - somehow his backup mandolin doesn’t have a G note up at the top. Props to @ashbyfrank for finding that out. #imtheleastavantgardepersonyouknow #whoneedsG #mandolin #taterbug (at Belle Meade, Tennessee)

Posted 1 week ago
<p>Happy #caturday from Buster and Gretsch. Today’s activities include naps and meowing for no apparent reason. (I know some of our campers have been worried because they know about our “dog in/cats out” policy but we’re not ogres. It’s 11 degrees outside and they’re downstairs in Andy’s House.) #orangeandwhitecat #blackandwhitecat #theyrebigboned  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Happy #caturday from Buster and Gretsch. Today’s activities include naps and meowing for no apparent reason. (I know some of our campers have been worried because they know about our “dog in/cats out” policy but we’re not ogres. It’s 11 degrees outside and they’re downstairs in Andy’s House.) #orangeandwhitecat #blackandwhitecat #theyrebigboned (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 2 weeks ago

In which I tell people how @reddytojam does this super cool thing in the B part of Whiteface as part of a custom lesson I just recorded. Did you know that you can have me record a video, special, just for you, wherein I break down a tune or concept and explain all the notes and bowings? Just go to FiddleStar dot com and click on the Online Lessons page and scroll down to the section entitled Custom Lessons. My regular lesson schedule is all full at the moment so this is a great way for me to help you learn something new. #fiddle #onlinelearning #oldtime #bluegrass #georgiashuffle #fiddlelessons #fiddlestar (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>Happy New Year’s Eve from me and two of my four favorite boys. (Buster and @adamspickoftheday not pictured) In 2018 I plan to let the people doing the good work know even more often that they’re appreciated. I just had a conversation with a dear friend about the balance between self care and fighting the good fight and we decided that we are pledging to focus on highlighting the art and conversations we hope to see more of in the world and to avoid getting embroiled in negativity and narrow thinking and cognitive dissonance. Also, #sirwinstoncup hates wearing his sweater but it’s cold outside. See? Self-care. Loving you all and all the new fiddle tunes we’re going to learn next year. #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety #takecareofyou #orangeandwhitecat #bluegrasspride  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Happy New Year’s Eve from me and two of my four favorite boys. (Buster and @adamspickoftheday not pictured) In 2018 I plan to let the people doing the good work know even more often that they’re appreciated. I just had a conversation with a dear friend about the balance between self care and fighting the good fight and we decided that we are pledging to focus on highlighting the art and conversations we hope to see more of in the world and to avoid getting embroiled in negativity and narrow thinking and cognitive dissonance. Also, #sirwinstoncup hates wearing his sweater but it’s cold outside. See? Self-care. Loving you all and all the new fiddle tunes we’re going to learn next year. #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety #takecareofyou #orangeandwhitecat #bluegrasspride (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>A very rare thing has happened. Two spots have just come open in our previously sold out #nashvillemandolincamp and you can go grab one of them right now. Just look at these instructors. You’re going to want to be here for this. When you see all the pictures of the good times we’re having and you aren’t here, you’re probably going to cry a little bit and I’m going to have to say I told you so. #mandolin #mandolincamp #bluegrass #swing #oldtime  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

A very rare thing has happened. Two spots have just come open in our previously sold out #nashvillemandolincamp and you can go grab one of them right now. Just look at these instructors. You’re going to want to be here for this. When you see all the pictures of the good times we’re having and you aren’t here, you’re probably going to cry a little bit and I’m going to have to say I told you so. #mandolin #mandolincamp #bluegrass #swing #oldtime (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 3 weeks ago
<p>FiddleStar Adult Camp registration is almost here - January 1st for the general public and December 27th for previous campers. This is our flagship camp and it just keeps getting better. We’re so proud of the incredible teachers we have and the extra focus we are putting on jamming and successfully playing with other people. This will sell out quickly so have your browsers open and ready. <a href="http://www.fiddlestaradultcamp.com">www.fiddlestaradultcamp.com</a> #fiddle #fiddlecamp #bluegrass #oldtime #jamming  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

FiddleStar Adult Camp registration is almost here - January 1st for the general public and December 27th for previous campers. This is our flagship camp and it just keeps getting better. We’re so proud of the incredible teachers we have and the extra focus we are putting on jamming and successfully playing with other people. This will sell out quickly so have your browsers open and ready. www.fiddlestaradultcamp.com #fiddle #fiddlecamp #bluegrass #oldtime #jamming (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 3 weeks ago
<p>We had our family Christmas celebration tonight. We sang and played some carols (first time for some killer three part harmony with the in-laws, by the way) for #colerandall and made #sirwinstoncup pose by the tree. Also, I got a @fujifilm_instax_northamerica camera, as you could probably gather from this picture of pictures. My oven broke so instead of spending the day cooking we got ribs and banana pudding from @edleysbbq. I literally have zero complaints about this whole evening. (Shoutout to @in_harmony_helping_heroes for the super fun camera recommendation!) #chowningchristmasforthewin  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

We had our family Christmas celebration tonight. We sang and played some carols (first time for some killer three part harmony with the in-laws, by the way) for #colerandall and made #sirwinstoncup pose by the tree. Also, I got a @fujifilm_instax_northamerica camera, as you could probably gather from this picture of pictures. My oven broke so instead of spending the day cooking we got ribs and banana pudding from @edleysbbq. I literally have zero complaints about this whole evening. (Shoutout to @in_harmony_helping_heroes for the super fun camera recommendation!) #chowningchristmasforthewin (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 3 weeks ago
<p>My birthday happens to fall on #tbt so I’m giving this gift to all of you in gratitude for all your beautiful birthday wishes. Oh, you’re welcome… #littlepatriot #circa1981 #solsticebaby #thisbetterhavebeen4thofjulyotherwisewhatwasievendoing  (at Happy Valley, California)</p>

My birthday happens to fall on #tbt so I’m giving this gift to all of you in gratitude for all your beautiful birthday wishes. Oh, you’re welcome… #littlepatriot #circa1981 #solsticebaby #thisbetterhavebeen4thofjulyotherwisewhatwasievendoing (at Happy Valley, California)

Posted 4 weeks 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...