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Matt Brown Workshop - Old-Time Fiddle: The Stylings of John Morgan Salyer

  • Seman Violins 4447 Oakton Street Skokie, IL 60076 United States (map)
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Matt Brown Workshop - Old-Time Fiddle: The Stylings of John Morgan Salyer

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00pm at Seman Violins. Paid receipt valid for admission; you will not receive a ticket in the mail.

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Old-Time Fiddle: The Stylings of John Morgan Salyer

Learn how to play one of John Salyer's memorable tunes in cross tuning (he referred to cross tunings as "wildcat keys"). You'll spend time on the bowing sequences and emphasis required to conjure up Salyer's sound, so this workshop is best suited for intermediate to advanced fiddlers who are comfortable learning by ear and are able to retune their instrument.

The workshop will be followed by a free old-time jam (banjos, mandolins, guitars, and basses are all welcome).

Matt Brown is a musician, teacher, and producer based in Denver, Colorado. He has been on staff at The Colorado Suzuki Institute, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Strings by the Sea, Old-Time Week at The Swannanoa Gathering, Stephen Wade’s American Roots Music Program at Rocky Ridge, and Southern Week at Ashokan. He has taught fiddle workshops at Berklee College of Music, Swallow Hill Music, Morehead State University, The School For Strings, Music for Youth, and the Music Institute of Chicago. From the fall of 2011 until the spring of 2019, Matt taught fiddle, banjo, and guitar to students of all ages at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and co-led their kids Fiddle Camp in the summer. 

Matt Brown is the executive producer of On Big Shoulders, a grant-funded Americana album that features 12 Chicago musicians playing 10 songs with links to The Windy City. During his time in Chicago, Matt performed & recorded with the band Big Sadie. His fiddling is also featured along with guitarist Greg Reish on their 2015 duet album Speed of the Plow, which was engineered & co-produced by 5-time GRAMMY-winner Dave Sinko (Punch Brothers, Béla Fleck, Hot Rize). Matt and Greg toured the country performing the album's collection of old-time tunes. Matt has also toured nationally as a soloist, with dance ensembles Rhythm in Shoes and Footworks, and has made guest appearances with Tim O'Brien, Robbie Fulks, The John Hartford Stringband, Uncle Earl, Special Consensus, and Della Mae. He has performed twice with Mike Snider on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

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