Music
INDY Week's music blog

Archives | RSS

Friday, January 11, 2013

This weekend: At UNC, the fiddle gets its due

Posted by on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The Fiddle, a production of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Southern Folklife Collection, happens Friday and Saturday on campus. Friday evening at Memorial Hall begins with three performers, each with intriguing backgrounds. Emily Schaad holds a masters degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State; she also studied with late Piedmont legend Joe Thompson and has taken first prize in numerous fiddle and stringband competitions. Matt Glaser was the chairman of the String Department at the famed Berklee College of Music for 28 years. His styles range from jazz to bluegrass—the Boston Herald once called him "possibly America's most versatile fiddler." He also served on the board of advisers for Ken Burns' documentary, Jazz. Today, he works as the Artistic Director of the American Roots Music Program at Berklee.

The final individual performer is Byron Berline, a fiddler with a stunning list of career credits. He joined Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys in 1967 and continued as a sought-after session player in Nashville. He sat in on both of Gram Parsons' solo releases and The Band's "Acadian Driftwood," "Country Honk" by The Rolling Stones, and Stephen Stills' Manassas. It seems that Berline's heart has always stayed with bluegrass music, though: Besides sitting in with North Carolina legends Merle and Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, he has released a string of records with Sugar Hill during the last 30 years. Today he's settled in Guthrie, Okla., where he runs Byron's Double Stop Fiddle Shop. Two-time Grammy winners Nashville Bluegrass Band end the evening.

Saturday at the Wilson Library, The Fiddle offers a four-part symposium, with speakers covering a range of topics related to the roots of the instrument. The talks include "A Survery of American Traditions," "Examining The Irish Connection In The Southern American Fiddle Repertoire," and "Recording Regional Fiddle Music In The Late Twentieth Century." It all ends with a panel discussion led by Matt Glaser, with fiddlers Emily Schaad and Byron Berline.

The wonderful program by the Southern Folklife Collection is free and open to the public. Tickets are required to the Friday performance but can be picked up at the Memorial Hall box office. For more information, please call 919-843-3333 or visit the venue's website. For more information on performers, set times, and the symposium location, please visit the Southern Folklife at UNC.

Tags: , , ,

Pin It
A symposium at UNC examines the past, present and future of the fiddle.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Music

More by Dan Schram

Facebook Activity

Twitter Activity

Comments

Bravo, Peter Holsapple, for a wonderful tribute, although there's something personal I wish to add. When friends and I first …

by John Riley on Peter Holsapple on Big Star producer John Fry, 1944–2014 (Music)

Until I saw The Wusses for the first time, I had no idea how many of my favorite songs they'd …

by ohsabrina on Talking with The Wusses about the best and the wimpiest soft rock (Music)

© 2014 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation