The fiddling obsession, for all its demands, is a gift because of the joy it brings when you abandon yourself to it. Erynn’s fiddling has that sense of delight in it, even in the lonesome pieces – a feeling like having a fine time playing music with your friends on a West Virginia summer night, crickets singing, air heady with the perfume of tobacco flowers and sweet clover. – Kenny Jackson
Erynn Marshall is not only a fine scholar of old-time fiddle tunes, but she can play them wonderfully. – Pete Peterson Old-Time Herald Magazine
Erynn Marshall’s old-time fiddle playing is front and centre and superb. …old-time tunes played with a brilliance rarely matched by anybody on the North American scene. –Mitch Podolak, Penguin Eggs Magazine
Erynn Marshall - A Canadian fiddler now living in Galax, Virginia, Erynn Marshall is immersed in traditional southern music whether performing, teaching or recording. She has been playing fiddle for over 30 years. In 2006, she published her first book, Music in the Air Somewhere: The Shifting Borders of West Virginia’s Fiddle and Song Traditions, (West Virginia University Press). This book was the culmination of several years of fieldwork in West Virginia with 75-95 year old ballad singers and fiddlers. Erynn learned elements of Appalachian fiddling directly during countless visits in the homes of older tradition bearers Melvin Wine, Lester McCumbers, Leland Hall, Art Stamper, J.P.Fraley, Clyde Davenport and others who were very generous teachers. Her respect for these mentors emanates from her earnest performances of traditional music.
Erynn Marshall is a regular performer and fiddle instructor at prominent festivals and music camps in North America and Europe including the: Swannanoa Gathering (NC), Augusta Heritage Center (WV), Sore Fingers (England), Montana Fiddle Camp (MT), The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes (WA), North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NF), Calgary Folk Festival (AB), Edmonton Folk Festival (AB), Ottawa Folk Festival (ON), Sorrento Bluegrass Festival (BC), Fiddleworks (Saltspring, BC), Festival of Newfoundland & Labrador (NF), Midwest Banjo Camp (Lansing, MI), Suwanee Banjo Camp (FL), Woods Music and Dance Camp (ON) and the Sunshine Coast Summer School of Celtic Music (BC). She was a featured musician on the roots music documentary I’ll Fly Away Home (Bravo) and The Clifftop Experience (Outlook, WV Public Broadcasting). She has an MA in ethnomusicology focusing on Appalachian music (York University, Toronto) and a BMus (University of Victoria). She is currently the Music Program Manager at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Virginia www.blueridgemusiccenter.org
Erynn presently performs with songwriter Carl Jones and in a stringband with Carl, Kenny Jackson and Bobb Head. She just completed a new CD, Tune Tramp (Hickoryjack 2013), which features 45 traditional musicians from across North America. Erynn’s previous recordings include: Calico (Merriweather/Hickoryjack), Meet Me in the Music with banjoist Chris Coole (Hickoryjack Records) and Shout Monah (Hickoryjack Records) with The Haints Old-time Stringband. Shout Monah was nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards: Traditional Album of the Year and Ensemble of the year. Calico was nominated for Best World category at the TIMA Awards and won a Porcupine Award - Gem of Canada: Album of the Year. Meet Me in the Music was nominated for the Best Traditional Album (Canadian Folk Music Awards). Erynn has also received a CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award at the Edmonton Folk Festival and an Appalachian Fellowship through Berea College in Kentucky. She has won numerous ribbons at fiddle conventions including 1st place Fiddle at “Clifftop” - The Appalachian Stringband Festival in West Virginia (she was the first woman and person outside of the US to win), 2nd place Traditional Band at Clifftop, 2nd place fiddle at the Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention (VA), 1st place Old-time Fiddle at the Fries Fiddlers Convention (VA) and other awards.
In January 2013, Erynn is releasing the first in a series of instructional DVDs on playing old-time fiddle. She teaches eight tunes from Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia (Intermediate Level).
Erynn also sings, plays banjo, guitar, composes tunes in her free time and loves to flatfoot dance when she hears a good tune.