You Can be a FiddleStar

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

<p>Hello Chicago. And also suburbs of Chicago. Possibly also parts of Indiana and definitely people passing through Chicago. I’m coming there to teach a couple of bluegrass fiddle workshops at The @oldtownschool and I would be delighted if you’d join me. These workshops are great for all levels except brand new beginners and are designed to help you succeed in real world jam situations. Bring your fiddle and your unending sense of wonder. #fiddle #bluegrass #workshop #jamming #improv #youcanbeafiddlestar  (at Old Town School of Folk Music)</p>

Hello Chicago. And also suburbs of Chicago. Possibly also parts of Indiana and definitely people passing through Chicago. I’m coming there to teach a couple of bluegrass fiddle workshops at The @oldtownschool and I would be delighted if you’d join me. These workshops are great for all levels except brand new beginners and are designed to help you succeed in real world jam situations. Bring your fiddle and your unending sense of wonder. #fiddle #bluegrass #workshop #jamming #improv #youcanbeafiddlestar (at Old Town School of Folk Music)

Posted 15 weeks ago

The neighbors got a new dog. Or at least that’s what I think it is. #theycallhimthestreak #sirwinstoncup #astudyingenerationalenergy (at Ridgetop, Tennessee)

Posted 15 weeks ago
<p>Late last night #sirwinstoncup was sort of getting on my nerves so I punished him by making him look like both someone’s Russian grandmother and also E.T. in the bicycle basket. And then I took this picture. I showed him. #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #dogmom  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Late last night #sirwinstoncup was sort of getting on my nerves so I punished him by making him look like both someone’s Russian grandmother and also E.T. in the bicycle basket. And then I took this picture. I showed him. #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #dogmom (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 15 weeks ago
<p>@mandolin2842 and I did all the requisite things (with help from @karlsmakula and his delightfully narcissistic egg designs) for the day and it was good. Also, I don’t know where we’d be without @jonweisberger and his decorative tweezers on demand service. #sugarcookies #legalizefrostitution #foodcoloringratios  (at Belle Meade Plantation)</p>

@mandolin2842 and I did all the requisite things (with help from @karlsmakula and his delightfully narcissistic egg designs) for the day and it was good. Also, I don’t know where we’d be without @jonweisberger and his decorative tweezers on demand service. #sugarcookies #legalizefrostitution #foodcoloringratios (at Belle Meade Plantation)

Posted 16 weeks ago
<p>When one of your friends has had a rough go of it recently, one of you gets Thai food and the other brings a handsome and soothing Boston Terrier and you just hang out and listen to hipster cocktail party mix on  the Bluetooth speakers and you tell the all the stories. #keepsmiling #keepshining #knowingyoucanalwayscountonme #forsure #youknowtherest #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #fiddlechicks #mrrogers #tonyorlando  (at Nashville, Tennessee)</p>

When one of your friends has had a rough go of it recently, one of you gets Thai food and the other brings a handsome and soothing Boston Terrier and you just hang out and listen to hipster cocktail party mix on the Bluetooth speakers and you tell the all the stories. #keepsmiling #keepshining #knowingyoucanalwayscountonme #forsure #youknowtherest #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #fiddlechicks #mrrogers #tonyorlando (at Nashville, Tennessee)

Posted 16 weeks ago
<p>A really special evening of excellent music in celebration of Anne Duffus’ birthday. You all know Anne Duffus. You remember, you met her at camp. Which camp? All of them. @openthedoorforthree is a damn good band and their fabulous fiddler, Liz, is one of Anne’s other fiddle teachers (there are three of us) and I really loved getting to meet her and hear her play. Happy birthday, Anne Duffus! 🎂💜🌈 #irishmusic #fiddle #anneduffus #piper  (at Nashville, Tennessee)</p>

A really special evening of excellent music in celebration of Anne Duffus’ birthday. You all know Anne Duffus. You remember, you met her at camp. Which camp? All of them. @openthedoorforthree is a damn good band and their fabulous fiddler, Liz, is one of Anne’s other fiddle teachers (there are three of us) and I really loved getting to meet her and hear her play. Happy birthday, Anne Duffus! 🎂💜🌈 #irishmusic #fiddle #anneduffus #piper (at Nashville, Tennessee)

Posted 16 weeks ago
<p>Happy #tongueouttuesday from #sirwinstoncup! It’s a perfectly beautiful spring day and it seemed like a great time for a walk in the park. #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #squishyfacecrew  (at Ridgetop Station Walking Park)</p>

Happy #tongueouttuesday from #sirwinstoncup! It’s a perfectly beautiful spring day and it seemed like a great time for a walk in the park. #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #squishyfacecrew (at Ridgetop Station Walking Park)

Posted 16 weeks ago

Sound up. My grandson. #dancingcole #letsgetourrollon #headbangerbaby @annajchowning (at Orlinda, Tennessee)

Posted 17 weeks ago
<p>Somehow, all the eggs got thrown away #dontask and since I had already made big promises to some of my favorite people about late night camp cookies, we had to improvise. Mayonnaise is made of eggs and the oil creates crispy edges so it wasn’t just a successful substitution, it was a damn triumph. Also green sprinkles on #stpatricksday for the extra win and polaroids to commemorate the whole experience. #nashvilleflatpickcamp #nashvilleacousticcamps #chocolatechipmayonnaisecookies (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Somehow, all the eggs got thrown away #dontask and since I had already made big promises to some of my favorite people about late night camp cookies, we had to improvise. Mayonnaise is made of eggs and the oil creates crispy edges so it wasn’t just a successful substitution, it was a damn triumph. Also green sprinkles on #stpatricksday for the extra win and polaroids to commemorate the whole experience. #nashvilleflatpickcamp #nashvilleacousticcamps #chocolatechipmayonnaisecookies (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 18 weeks ago
<p>Coming to the end of a long and beautiful weekend. We’re all a little tired but we’re a lot inspired and full of laughs and memories. And chocolate chip mayonnaise cookies. #itsalongstory #nashvilleflatpickcamp #nashvilleacousticcamps #martinguitar #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #squishyfacecrew  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Coming to the end of a long and beautiful weekend. We’re all a little tired but we’re a lot inspired and full of laughs and memories. And chocolate chip mayonnaise cookies. #itsalongstory #nashvilleflatpickcamp #nashvilleacousticcamps #martinguitar #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #squishyfacecrew (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 18 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...