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Year End Review 2014

With somewhere around 60 or more performances and workshops in 2014, I've had a busy year of music and storytelling. Add on teaching in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University, private teaching, and recording a few tracks for a new album and it's been even busier. Of course, last year was busy, too, but getting married in May and taking my wife Cathy on tour with me made this year unforgettable and wonderful. Our travels took us far and wide. There are already a few gigs lined up for the beginning of 2015. The first is on January 8th, for the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. 

This year I began work on some new music and storytelling projects, but the first to go public is a new website project, Border Fiddle. I'm excited about building up a collection of Michigan tunes there. Each year, my musical and storytelling endeavors expand, and I trust and hope 2015 will reflect that as well. In fact, before long I will probably be announcing a new kind of musical endeavor for this year. Stay tuned. 

All in all, 2014 has been an exciting year. Thank You, Lord Jesus.



Cajun Christmas Special: Silent Night

Happy Advent and Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus our Savior into the darkness of this world. This is a gift from myself and the Bidgood family to you all for this season. This is our original Cajun arrangement of Silent Night. If you enjoy it, please share the video.

New Web Project: Border Fiddle

I'm happy to announce a new website project: Border Fiddle

This is a website where I will be playing tunes from Michigan's fiddle repertoire and posting them online with short explanations on their origins. Please check it out. Click the picture, follow the link above, or find the link in the menu at the top of the page.