Meghan Bryant (Beginning Fiddle) from Floyd County, Kentucky made her first appearance on the CCMMS stage with her teacher Jamie Wells at age eight. She continued to study with Jamie at the Mountain Arts Center and later with Jesse Wells as CCMMS’s first Charlie Whitaker Memorial Apprentice. Megan is currently a junior majoring in traditional music performance and elementary education at Morehead State University. She performs with the Mountain Arts Center’s Kentucky Opry and with MSU’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.
Blakeley Burger (Early Intermediate Fiddle) Sorry, class closed. An award-winning instrumentalist, Blakeley has studied fiddle, guitar and mandolin for 15 years. She has performed regionally at venues including the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Frazier History Museum, the Norton Center for the Arts, the Lexington Opera House, the Iroquois Amphitheatre, the Brown Theatre and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Blakeley made her international debut in 2018 when she performed as part of a Bluegrass trio at La Universidad del Bosque in Bogotá, Colombia. She tours with the Tin Whiskey Sisters and performs locally with Yapa! and Hollow Bone. Blakeley is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance with a minor in Spanish at the University of Louisville.
John Harrod (Intermediate/Advanced Fiddle: Tunes of the Red River) of Shelby County, Kentucky first learned old time music from Darley Fulks, Bill Livers, Asa Martin and Lily May Ledford. In the 1980’s he produced a large and influential body of field recordings of musicians around central and northeast Kentucky. These can be heard on Rounder’s Fiddle Music of Kentucky (2 volumes) and Along the Ohio’s Shores. John performs with the band Kentucky Wild Horse and can be heard on their CD Spirits of the Lonesome Hills. June Appal Records recently released his first solo recording Johnny Come Along. John has taught at Cowan since its founding and has also taught at Augusta, Swannanoa and the Festival of America Fiddle Tunes.
Megan Gregory (Advanced: The All-Purpose Fiddler) Sorry, class closed. was raised in Alabama and now makes her home in Carter County, Kentucky. She started learning fiddle at age 4 using the Suzuki method and began her college career studying classical music. After encountering bluegrass and Mark O’Connor’s fiddle camp, she transferred to East Tennessee State University, enrolled in their bluegrass, old time and country music program and graduated with a major in American folk music. Megan performs an eclectic mix of old time, jazz and bluegrass with her family band Whistle & Fish. She is now on faculty at Morehead State University’s Center for Traditional Music where she teaches fiddle and harmony singing.
Jesse Wells (Advanced fiddle) from Johnson County, Kentucky first learned fiddle from his father Jamie. He graduated with a degree in guitar performance from Morehead State University and now serves as education coordinator for MSU’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. Jesse is a versatile multi-instrumentalist who has played in a number of old time, bluegrass and rock bands; currently he plays bluegrass with the Wooks and tours with singer/songwriter Tyler Childers.
Don’t wait until CCMMS 2021 to learn some new tunes! Check out the instructional videos for all levels of fiddlers.
Bruce Greene teaches “The Field Lark” for beginning or early intermediate fiddlers, along with tips on bowing.
Another great beginner tune from Meghan Bryant with tips for starting from scratch.
Carrie Wells Carter teaches a couple of fun Snake Chapman tunes for early intermediate fiddlers.
John Harrod teaches “Red Lick” and “Manassas” for intermediate fiddlers. And John brakes down bowing for Kentucky tunes (a series of 3 videos), highly recommended for all fiddlers!
Visiting Master Barb Kuhns shares some sweet tunes from Jimmy Wheeler and J. P. Fraley.