I was honored to place 3rd in the fiddle contest at Clifftop this year! You can watched all five finalists (I play 2nd) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb2aOHjfQ34
I’m honored to have been asked to contribute a review for the new issue of The Journal of American Folklore (Summer 2016, Vol. 129, Issue, No. 513, pp. 370-372). It’s a review of two recent Dwight Lamb recordings, “80,” and “Live in Demark 2013, [Part Two].”
Online access http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/jaf.html is limited to subscribers of JSTOR & MUSE and the new issue doesn’t seem to be up yet, unfortunately.
This is the first update in awhile and there’s lots to share as 2016 has been a busy year so far!
I’m happy to have been asked to teach at a couple of music camps this Summer and one in the Fall.
In July, I’ll be a tutor at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes where Suzy Thompson has been Artistic Director the past six years (this is her last). It’s my first time going to Fiddle Tunes so I’m pretty excited.
Next, in August, I’m teaching the Fiddle from Scratch class at the Augusta Heritage Center’s Old-Time Week. In the past, this has been a brief evening class but now it’s been expanded to three hours every morning which will really give us a chance to get you going on the instrument. You can read a class description here.
Also, be sure to check out the excellent podcast previewing the week created by Old-Time Week coordinator Joe Dejarnette on the page above.
In the Fall, I’ll be teaching Beginning Fiddle at Augusta’s October Old-Time Week, which is being coordinated by Ben Townsend.
It’s a real honor to have the chance to teach alongside all of the fantastic musicians at these camps and I’m looking forward to learning a lot myself!
Since February, I’ve been conducting a monthly group workshop in Pittsburgh with the next one set for Saturday May 21st. I’ll post more details once they are finalized. Keep an eye on the Gigs sidebar to the right for upcoming events.
Lastly, I continue teaching both locally in Elkins, WV as well as online. If you’re interested in signing up for a lesson, check out my teaching page on this site: https://scottprouty.wordpress.com/teaching/
Berea Sound Archives Fellowship
Earlier this year, I received a Sound Archives Fellowship from Berea College:
Scott’s Fellowship research will result in creation of a web-based annotated bibliography of the performers and performances collected in Kentucky by John and Alan Lomax. This guide will include listings of print materials as well links to materials available online, such as CD reviews, articles or presentations about Lomax’s Kentucky experiences, listserv or discussions of merit, and anything about the performers and performances. By embedding links to the Lomax Kentucky recordings available on Berea’s site, the guide will achieve a level of interactivity not possible in print-based publications.
I should add that in addition to the Lomaxes, there are also important recordings made by Mary Elizabeth Barnicle in the collection: http://lomaxky.omeka.net/collections/browse
I spent nearly three weeks at Berea in February researching content for the project in the archive. Once finished, the annotated bibliography will live on the Lomax Kentucky Recordings website at: http://lomaxky.omeka.net
At this stage, the content has been transformed into metadata and will soon be uploaded to the site – stay tuned!
Sally & Scott
In March, Sally Anne Morgan and I went on a short tour to debut our new duo, Sally & Scott. We played in Elkins, Wheeling, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore and split the shows with Rebecca Wudarski of Thomas, WV. You can watch a bit of our debut performance here.
Keep an eye out for more shows in the Fall.
Old-Time Herald / Revival Generation Oral History Project
Since last year I’ve been working on the Revival Generation Oral History Project for the Old-Time Herald magazine. As the magazine states:
During the Folk Revival, old-time music was the catalyst for a unique coming-together of Americans from very different walks of life. These musicians—old and young, rural and urban, conservative and liberal, from the Appalachia and the South and from all over the US and around the globe—together preserved and transformed old-time music, and laid the foundations of today’s thriving music community. Over the course of the next several years, we will interview men and women who began to play old-time music during this era, between the mid-1960s and the early ‘80s.
So far, I’ve conducted interviews with Bobby Taylor, Suzy Thompson, and Bruce Molsky and these are in various stages of being transcribed and turned into articles for the magazine. I will be doing two more interviews this year with more potentially taking place in the future. You can read more about the project here.
Journal of American Folklore
Recently I was asked by Jim Nelson, Sound Review Editor of the Journal of American Folklore, to write a review of two recent CDs made by fiddler and accordion player Dwight Lamb of Iowa. The recordings featured Dwight playing alongside his apprentices – including both a group from the Missouri Valley region as well as a duo from Denmark who learned his grandfathers accordion music. The review has been accepted and will be published in the Fall 2016 issue.
I’m happy to announce the release of No Corn on Tygart, a CD project that has been in the works for a couple of years now.
John Gallagher & Scott Prouty with Chris Coole
No Corn on Tygart is a collection of traditional old-time fiddle tunes and songs from West Virginia, East Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Indiana.
Available through CD Baby or by writing me at sprout333 @ gmail dot com
The transcript of the interview I did with John Harrod for Berea College is now online, supplemented with photos and audio added by John Bondurant and fine-tuned by me.
“The idea behind the project was to capture John Harrod’s observations about teaching, documenting and disseminating traditional music in Kentucky since the 1970s.”
There’s also a Google map showing all of the musicians visited by Harrod over the years:
While I was away at Clifftop last week, the NYT put my mug in the paper: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/07/31/us/BLUEGRASS-3.html
And their nice article on the WV Mountain Dance Trail (and the Circleville, WV dance) is here:
So come dance in WV! Mountain Dance Trail info is here:
I’m playing at the Circleville, WV square dance this Thursday July 19th during the Pendleton County Fair, starting at 7pm. It’s part of the Mountain Dance Trail – if you can’t make this one, there’s plenty of dances left in 2012!! Check out the schedule at:
I’m honored to have been asked to teach banjo at the The Cowan Creek Mountain Music School in Whitesburg, Kentucky the last full week of June! There’s info on the school here: http://www.cowancreekmusic.org/
I’ve just arrived in Berea, KY where I’m excited to be doing a fellowship in the sound archives for the next month or so. Here’s the lowdown on my project, the program and the other fellows: http://www.berea.edu/hutchinslibrary/specialcollections/amfp/amfp2012.asp
“Scott Prouty is a professional archivist and is deeply involved in playing and documenting West Virginia and Kentucky old-time fiddle music. His Fellowship research will involve documenting the work of Kentucky old-time music scholar John Harrod. He will record extensive interviews with Harrod about the fiddlers he has documented in his many hours of audio and video recordings that are available in Berea’s Southern Appalachian Archives. Research outcomes will include incorporating the interview text and audio in a Berea online library guide, one or more articles, and informal music exchanges with Bluegrass Ensemble members and other students.”