You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Oh, hello! Here’s our beautiful Armistead-designed Nashville Dobro Camp poster to remind you that registration for Nashville Dobro Camp opens February 1, unless you’re a previous camper and then you can register January 25th. It’s going to be so lovely. It was lovely last year and I have no reason to think it will be any less so this time. June 21-23, 2019 and you can check it all out at <a href="http://www.nashvilledobrocamp.com">www.nashvilledobrocamp.com</a> If you come to camp, you get a poster. That’s reason enough. #dobro #nashville #dobrocamp #theolhounddog  (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsg6p4Cl5Vk/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4epdgxxrmy6e">https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsg6p4Cl5Vk/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4epdgxxrmy6e</a></p>

Oh, hello! Here’s our beautiful Armistead-designed Nashville Dobro Camp poster to remind you that registration for Nashville Dobro Camp opens February 1, unless you’re a previous camper and then you can register January 25th. It’s going to be so lovely. It was lovely last year and I have no reason to think it will be any less so this time. June 21-23, 2019 and you can check it all out at www.nashvilledobrocamp.com If you come to camp, you get a poster. That’s reason enough. #dobro #nashville #dobrocamp #theolhounddog (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsg6p4Cl5Vk/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=4epdgxxrmy6e

Posted 1 week ago
<p>More New York beautifulness to share. If you, like me, made a commitment to focus more on the art of women, both past and contemporary, you could do worse than spending a little time getting to know Hilma af Klint, the Swedish painter whose life’s work is now on exhibit at the Guggenheim. Spirits told her to make the paintings. Who are we to disagree? #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2019 #rosicrucian  (at Guggenheim Museum)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BseyiTrlOoO/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=e47mmnr7vji8">https://www.instagram.com/p/BseyiTrlOoO/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=e47mmnr7vji8</a></p>

More New York beautifulness to share. If you, like me, made a commitment to focus more on the art of women, both past and contemporary, you could do worse than spending a little time getting to know Hilma af Klint, the Swedish painter whose life’s work is now on exhibit at the Guggenheim. Spirits told her to make the paintings. Who are we to disagree? #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2019 #rosicrucian (at Guggenheim Museum)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BseyiTrlOoO/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=e47mmnr7vji8

Posted 1 week ago

Good morning friends! Mur and I left New York a few days ago but the content isn’t over yet. You thought we might have traipsed all over Manhattan for four days without stumbling upon some perfect places to experience #dancingmur??? You’d be wrong. Here’s an example of how she reacts to being told to engage in only “passive activity.” Ha. Not a chance. #soundtrackbyadamhurt #nyc2019 #motherdaughterroadtrip (at Central Park)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsa9lk-lPEy/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=x8bb34lyfww2

Posted 1 week ago
<p>Here’s an unvarnished review of the Chris Botti show at the Blue Note in NY. I can see why a lot of people would love this show. @eldarmusic is an unbelievable pianist. The rhythm section was one of the finest I’ve seen. That is all. #nyc2019 #motherdaughterroadtrip  (at Blue Note Jazz Club, NY)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsYO6w2lVSY/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=ocgp8oc4l95m">https://www.instagram.com/p/BsYO6w2lVSY/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=ocgp8oc4l95m</a></p>

Here’s an unvarnished review of the Chris Botti show at the Blue Note in NY. I can see why a lot of people would love this show. @eldarmusic is an unbelievable pianist. The rhythm section was one of the finest I’ve seen. That is all. #nyc2019 #motherdaughterroadtrip (at Blue Note Jazz Club, NY)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsYO6w2lVSY/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=ocgp8oc4l95m

Posted 1 week ago
<p>I don’t generally take pictures in the restaurants we go to when we’re in New York. They’re often sorta fancy and really quiet and it just seems like bad form. But let me tell you, everyone else is doing it. We watched so many couples and groups of people taking pictures of their food and each other and mostly just silently scrolling. Am I crazy to be just totally weirded out by this? These places are expensive and the servers are expert trained and the food is meticulously conceived and executed, all to create a memorable experience. But no one in there is going to remember any of it. I did take some pictures in @patisseriechanson though because it was more casual and it seemed more appropriate for the vibe there. And not for nothin, that was a fabulous Sunday brunch and highly recommended. As someone who has binged all the GBBOs lately, they are killing the lamination on the puff. #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2019 #theflavorsarecomingthrough  (at Chanson)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsVt33dFTjF/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1nzuukp1rjgzp">https://www.instagram.com/p/BsVt33dFTjF/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1nzuukp1rjgzp</a></p>

I don’t generally take pictures in the restaurants we go to when we’re in New York. They’re often sorta fancy and really quiet and it just seems like bad form. But let me tell you, everyone else is doing it. We watched so many couples and groups of people taking pictures of their food and each other and mostly just silently scrolling. Am I crazy to be just totally weirded out by this? These places are expensive and the servers are expert trained and the food is meticulously conceived and executed, all to create a memorable experience. But no one in there is going to remember any of it. I did take some pictures in @patisseriechanson though because it was more casual and it seemed more appropriate for the vibe there. And not for nothin, that was a fabulous Sunday brunch and highly recommended. As someone who has binged all the GBBOs lately, they are killing the lamination on the puff. #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2019 #theflavorsarecomingthrough (at Chanson)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsVt33dFTjF/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1nzuukp1rjgzp

Posted 1 week ago
<p>Well, speaking of the Tony Awards, I think we now know what’s going to sweep the plays this year… #tokillamockingbird #jeffdaniels #aaronsorkinisagenius (by the way, “Aaron Sorkin is a genius” is a fairly common hashtag, for a reason.) #nyc2019 #motherdaughterroadtrip  (at Shubert Theatre)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsUDdPClPO6/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=mlyjx9wht9vo">https://www.instagram.com/p/BsUDdPClPO6/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=mlyjx9wht9vo</a></p>

Well, speaking of the Tony Awards, I think we now know what’s going to sweep the plays this year… #tokillamockingbird #jeffdaniels #aaronsorkinisagenius (by the way, “Aaron Sorkin is a genius” is a fairly common hashtag, for a reason.) #nyc2019 #motherdaughterroadtrip (at Shubert Theatre)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsUDdPClPO6/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=mlyjx9wht9vo

Posted 1 week ago
<p>This is the best new musical on Broadway. And yes, I realize the Tonys already said that so it seems like I’m being a Johnny-come-lately, but whatever. I’m right and Mur agrees so it’s decided. If you can’t see it here, at least listen to the soundtrack. #thebandsvisit #nyc2019 #motherdaughterroadtrip  (at Barrymore Theatre)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsS-jFYleOc/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1gliz6i83b1ep">https://www.instagram.com/p/BsS-jFYleOc/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1gliz6i83b1ep</a></p>

This is the best new musical on Broadway. And yes, I realize the Tonys already said that so it seems like I’m being a Johnny-come-lately, but whatever. I’m right and Mur agrees so it’s decided. If you can’t see it here, at least listen to the soundtrack. #thebandsvisit #nyc2019 #motherdaughterroadtrip (at Barrymore Theatre)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsS-jFYleOc/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1gliz6i83b1ep

Posted 1 week ago
<p>Completely unexpected foray into the APAP conference, courtesy of our dear friend Tom Bailey and the lovely and kind Ken Waldman. We didn’t intend to run into @lonesomeacestringband or @cfinkbanjo or @janerothfield or @jennamoynihan or all the other delightful people, but we did and it was the perfect way to end an already excellent day. #unexpectedoldtime #apap #nyc2019 #motherdaugtherroadtrip  (at Don’t Tell Mama NYC)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsQ1gMflo0z/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1u14uepp65tz">https://www.instagram.com/p/BsQ1gMflo0z/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1u14uepp65tz</a></p>

Completely unexpected foray into the APAP conference, courtesy of our dear friend Tom Bailey and the lovely and kind Ken Waldman. We didn’t intend to run into @lonesomeacestringband or @cfinkbanjo or @janerothfield or @jennamoynihan or all the other delightful people, but we did and it was the perfect way to end an already excellent day. #unexpectedoldtime #apap #nyc2019 #motherdaugtherroadtrip (at Don’t Tell Mama NYC)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsQ1gMflo0z/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1u14uepp65tz

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>I told you. Marquee selfies and this one is legendary. We saw @bryancranston in Network tonight and it was unbelievable. I saw @tatianamaslany on @thedailyshow the other night and she talked about how relevant this play is, right here, right now and she couldn’t be more correct. I was absolutely rapt the entire time. Have you seen the movie? If you can’t make it here to see this incredible production, you owe it to yourself to at least watch the original movie and take in the message. #immadashellandimnotgonnatakeitanymore #network  (at Belasco Theatre)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsPib2IFx8G/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=19hv620zd2xxu">https://www.instagram.com/p/BsPib2IFx8G/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=19hv620zd2xxu</a></p>

I told you. Marquee selfies and this one is legendary. We saw @bryancranston in Network tonight and it was unbelievable. I saw @tatianamaslany on @thedailyshow the other night and she talked about how relevant this play is, right here, right now and she couldn’t be more correct. I was absolutely rapt the entire time. Have you seen the movie? If you can’t make it here to see this incredible production, you owe it to yourself to at least watch the original movie and take in the message. #immadashellandimnotgonnatakeitanymore #network (at Belasco Theatre)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsPib2IFx8G/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=19hv620zd2xxu

Posted 2 weeks ago
<p>First night in New York and it’s a winner. Many years ago, when I was still in high school, one of my first fiddle teaching experiences was working with a beautiful family from Redding, CA, my hometown. I taught three of the Mancasola kids and loved every minute of it. They were all so talented and bright and special. And tonight, I got to see Sydney Mancasola (the second oldest and the one who always struck me as the daydreamy one) sing Pamina in The Magic Flute at THE MET. No big deal. Just the Metropolitan Opera. She was effortless and sparkling and her dynamics were on point. Her musicianship shone so bright and I remembered all the wonderful fiddling she used to do, it’s just that now all those beautiful notes come through her voice. Brava, Sydney, brava. #themet #opera #pamina #sydneymancasola #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2019  (at The Metropolitan Opera)<br/>
<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsM5XlFFYu_/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1x3z8422ahjav">https://www.instagram.com/p/BsM5XlFFYu_/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1x3z8422ahjav</a></p>

First night in New York and it’s a winner. Many years ago, when I was still in high school, one of my first fiddle teaching experiences was working with a beautiful family from Redding, CA, my hometown. I taught three of the Mancasola kids and loved every minute of it. They were all so talented and bright and special. And tonight, I got to see Sydney Mancasola (the second oldest and the one who always struck me as the daydreamy one) sing Pamina in The Magic Flute at THE MET. No big deal. Just the Metropolitan Opera. She was effortless and sparkling and her dynamics were on point. Her musicianship shone so bright and I remembered all the wonderful fiddling she used to do, it’s just that now all those beautiful notes come through her voice. Brava, Sydney, brava. #themet #opera #pamina #sydneymancasola #motherdaughterroadtrip #nyc2019 (at The Metropolitan Opera)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsM5XlFFYu_/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1x3z8422ahjav

Posted 2 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...