Join multi-instrumentalist Roger Howell as he teaches fiddle tunes and styles unique to Madison County and the region. All tunes will be played in standard tuning.
Students should be at an intermediate to advanced level. Class size is limited, so please make sure to register early.
About Roger Howell: Roger has always lived in Madison County, and for the past half-century has resided on Banjo Branch. It was on Banjo Branch, in early childhood, that he first grew to love the music of his native county. Roger has won a great many awards, including first place in fiddle on multiple occasions at such festivals as Fiddlers Grove, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, and the North Carolina Mountain State Fair. His playing was also heard by moviegoers worldwide when he played fiddle for Iris Dement’s rendition of “Pretty Saro” in the feature film Songcatcher. Roger has recorded over 600 fiddle tunes from memory for his Memory Collection for Mars Hill University’s Southern Appalachian Archives. He received the prestigious Brown-Hudson Folklore Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society in 2015 and the Lunsford Award in 1999 for his work preserving and celebrating regional music traditions. He is the subject of the 2015 film A Mighty Fine Memory. Learn more about Roger.