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.