Hello there and welcome!

Thanks for stopping by and stay a spell if you can. It’s just a quiet, stormy evening here at Dittyville. In the Blue Ridge Mountains if you don’t like the weather just wait five minutes. Sheets of rain are pouring across the roof of our country house…the woodstove is making crackling sounds and pops occasionally. It is calm.

It’s moments like this I realize how fortunate we are. I sincerely wish that some of this peace and calm can be spread to others who need it around the world.

Carl and I have recently returned from our Southern travels to Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Texas. We danced at Texas dance halls, tasted Boudin, taught at the Alabama Folk School – what a wonderful time! In fact, that was the wind-up of ten amazing music camps we taught at this summer and fall. We look forward to these resuming next year and you will find us at Kaufman Kamp, Rocky Mountain Old-Time Fest, Swannanoa, American Banjo Camp, the Alabama Folk School again and others.

Carl and Erynn back bridge 2015 lr Jackson & Moser photography copy

Carl and I are also excited to be traveling to Canada this winter, California in early spring and the United Kingdom (Ireland, Wales and England) for a month starting late March. It will be especially fun to collaborate with Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis on a couple of shows at the Freight & Salvage (Berkley, CA) & Star Theater (SF). We can’t wait! 2016 is shaping up to be another wonderful year of music ahead in many of our favorite places in the world and we hope to see you – our friends along the way.

On the recording front we are both dreaming of making new albums… Erynn a recording of all original tunes, Carl is still up in the air on what he would like to tackle next but it will surely be good. Any instrument in his hands still turns to gold.

Hard to believe it will soon be Christmas and all the outdoor festivals just a memory. Warm hearths, good company and cozy, indoor, music sessions will be the new norm. In your home, we hope you will find time to enjoy music, be around family and reflect on how much beauty is around us everyday in the world. We are certainly grateful of so much – especially visitor’s like you. Thanks for your interest in what we do and for supporting our music! It allows us to keep traveling the world to share it. Happy Holidays everyone.

Best Wishes, Erynn and Carl

November 19, 2015








Hi folks,

Thanks for stopping by Dittyville!

The summer is winding up and we’ve had just enough time to catch our breath to write a few lines. Besides October, this is our favorite time of year. The days are still warm and the last of the lightning bugs are on a wing, as are the bats, in the chillier evenings. Two nights ago we laid under the stars to watch the meteor shower. The sky and stars are so clear here in the country. We love living in southwest Virginia.  It’s also been beautiful in many of the places we have traveled lately.

We taught at a record ten camps this season! Well eight have taken place (Swannanoa, Gainsborough, Augusta, Mando Camp North, Kaufman Kamp, Bluff Country Gathering, Blue Ridge Old-Time Week and Cowan Creek Mountain Music School) and two camps are yet to come (American Banjo Camp and Alabama Folk School). Whoo – can’t wait! All the festivals and camps have  been so inspiring. We love sharing music with all the people we meet at them. It’s our tribe!

Looking ahead Carl and I will be performing lots of concerts like usual. We will be in Pennsylvania, Washington, Alabama, British Columbia, Michigan in the next few months and are planning a UK tour in the spring. We’ll keep posting up-to-date news and concert dates on this site. We appreciate your interest in our music. Please come out and see us when we’re in your neck of the woods.

Our new CD Sweet Memories Never Leave has received a half dozen reviews in the Old-Time Herald, Fiddler Magazine, County Sales, Carolina Mountain Life and other publications – so far all good! We are thankful for that and there are several posted on this site. Erynn played Piney Woods (recorded on Sweet Memories) and won 3rd place at the prestigious Clifftop this year. Plus our stringband Old Drake (with Peter Fleming, Brad Kolodner and Lloyd Wright) won 2nd place in the traditional stringband finals – not too shabby for a pickup band! Other contest fun: Carl won Best All Around Performer (1st Mando, 1st Fiddle duet) at the Surry County Fiddlers Convention and Erynn won Best All Around Performer (1st fiddle, 1st fiddle-banjo duet, 2nd stringband) at the Tazewell Fiddlers Convention. Also of note: Carl was one of 490+ mandolin players at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention who have unofficially broken the world record for the most mandolin players to play at once. The massive bunch was filmed playing 4 tunes and once the committee at the Guiness Book of World Records check everything out the result should be confirmed. The shattered the previous record of 413. Mando power!


So in short we are having a blast this summer and we sincerely hope you are too. Please stop by often as this site is new and we’re adding new stuff all the time. Transcriptions and song-writing tips are coming.  Also, as of last week, Meet Me in the Music (Erynn’s CD with Chris Coole) is back in print for the first time in five years. If you like those lonesome, spooky Kentucky tunes you might like to grab a copy from the Dittyville store while they last.

Hope to see you at a music event down the road!

Warmly, Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones