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Fri March 22, 2013
Triad Arts Weekend: March 22, 2013
Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention
The fourth annual Surry Fiddlers Convention kicks off this afternoon at the Surry Community College in Dobson with Old Time dancing to music performed by Zephyr Lightning Bolts, Slate Mountain Ramblers, and Mountain Park Old Time Band. On Saturday four workshops are among the many offerings. Noted fiddler and NPR’s own Paul Brown will host a fiddling workshop, virtuoso Adam Hurt will hold court with the banjo, guitarist extraordinaire Beth Hartness will oversee a guitar workshop and dance instructor Samantha Wilhelmi will lead a dance workshop. The convention’s A-team effort and two of the three musician directors are here with David today: guitarist Buck Buckner, fiddler Nick McMillian and banjo player Michael Motley joined them Live in Studio A.
The amazing Magnolia Baroque Festival musicians tenor Glenn Siebert, violinist Ingrid Mathews, oboeist Debra Nagy, and theorbo and lute player John Lenti joined David Ford live in Studio A. Magnolia Baroque Festival brings the best of the Baroque to the Triad every other year. In May of 2012 Magnolia Baroque Festival celebrated its 5th Anniversary Season. You’ll find links to highlights from that year here. One of those highlights was the brilliant violinist who joined us at WFDD, Ingrid Matthews joined by yet another leading Baroque violinist Julie Andrijeski performing music for an entire evening of dueling divas on solo violin and continuo.
Ben Taylor, David Saw, and Mark Puzey
In the Fall of 2012 The Triad was treated to singer/songwriting royalty when Ben Taylor and his band rolled through on their way to celebrate grandma Taylor’s birthday. Trudy Taylor celebrated her 90th year with the likes of Ben, his father James Taylor, and undoubtedly lots of great music at The Arts Center in Carrboro. Ben and his band stopped by WFDD to jam in Studio A on their day off and to share some of his then new album titled Listening. Like most of his music, Listening covers a lot of musical ground including pop, rock, and folk elements as well as adult contemporary and country music. The Examiner.com writes, “It is safe to say that Ben’s parents, acclaimed veteran musicians James Taylor and Carly Simon, are not the only talented ones in his family. Ben’s singing and songwriting ability are also distinct and worthy of praise.” After spending an hour with Ben Taylor Live in Studio A, even that lofty review understated his musical abilities. He stopped by WFDD with band mates percussionist Mark Puzey on Cajon, and singer/songwriter collaborator David Saw on guitar. Sound engineer Ryan Casey set up the recording session taped Live in Studio A.