getting in gear for a whole new year


a Wintergass moment from sometime recently

Wow... it's 2015 already. Is this the future? It looks kind of used already. Can we get a new one over here right now?
The year 2015 is not a number that i expected to live in... Sorta feels like I'm on bonus points these days. Probably busier than I have ever been and that cuts way into dreamy composing and violin-practicing time, but everything that is happening feels like I'm making some kind of contribution, and that is of course the best possible life situation that anyone could have... so I'm in a constant state of semi-panic /gratitude. Is there an English word for that concept?

Emy Phelps' and my new single is available for download!
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This is our take on one of the greatest Hunter/Garcia songs.
We tried to make it sound like a Zen Garden seen through the imagery of Gary Snyder. Thanks to our friends Terry Longshore on tablas, and Aidan O'Donnell on bass, Grant Gordy on guitar, Mila Phelps-Friedl for the harmony vocals.
You can purchase Ripple right here, right now:

A whole slew of cool stuff is happening in Very Early Spring here in Fiddlistics-Land:

Mr. Sun is performing all over the West!
WINTERGRASS...  Feb 27-March 2
and later:
Crest Theatre LA March 14
Freight & Salvage March 15
Don Quixote's March 18
The Palms March 19
Salida, CO March 20
Swallow Hill, DEN March 21
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And of course the amazing Spring Semester at Berklee, and my 24/7 ongoing online Fiddle School.

Recent history:
Our 2nd Annual Keepin' it In The Fam Holiday show in the Pacific Northwest was a big hit this season.

We also had a wonderful local holiday show in Jamaica Plain with Emy Phelps, Tristan Clarridge, Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul on Dec 7th.
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A fascinating Fall season with shows all over the country in many different formats. If variety is the spice of life, it's been extremely piquant.
We had Freshgrass, IBMA, the Celtic Colours Festival, another fantastic Orchestra concert in the Flint Hills, and shows in November with Mr Sun.

Mr Sun is now being represented by Myriad Artists.

I'm still plugging away on my Online Fiddle School at ; it's a source of joy. If you're a fiddler who's been thinking of improving your playing, or wants to learn more about fiddling in general, you might want to give it a try.

This Summer:
Summer of 2015 will be a busy time for me: I'll be teaching at a number of fiddle "camps" and clinics all over the continent.

First up will be the Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in Alaska, June 7-11.

Next I'll be back at the incredible Berklee College for the first Berklee Global String Intensive, where we basically try to compress a year's worth of the Berklee String Department experience into one week, with the entire faculty, which includes luminaries such as Matt Glaser, Bruce Molsky, Doc Wallace, Eugene Friesen, Mike Block, Maeve Gilchrist, Joe K. Walsh, Mimi Rabson, Rob Thomas, and others. an incredible experience in every possible string style.

That following weekend will be the Berklee Roots Music Weekend, a shorter but no less intense series of sessions focusing on traditional music: Blues, Fiddle music from all over, band dynamics, Bluegrass, and everything in between.

Moving into July, Darol will be at the oldest Roots Summer program in the nation, the venerable Augusta Heritage Bluegrass Week in Elkins, West Virginia July 26-31. This will be fantastic for Bluegras enthusiasts, with a stellar lineup including Byron Berline and Tammy Rogers.

From there, moving on to the heavenly Warren Wilson College near Ashville, NC for Swannanoa Fiddle Week, running concurrently with Mandolin, Banjo and Jazz Week-- what a great combination of talent assembled for this event, in a gorgeous setting.

Finally the West Coast! from August 17-21, Seattle's SPU University will host Julie Lyonn Lieberman's eclectic Strings Without Boundaries program, featuring the legendary swing fiddler Paul Anastasio and others. Julie is an inspiring player & educator who has been freeing up classical players this longer than almost anyone.

Check some of these events out this summer, for a rocket-assist to your fiddling!... and say hello in person to Yours Truly.

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