Dittyville

The Musical Home of Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones

A bright new year

January 22, 2015
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January 21, 2015

Happy New Year!

Thanks for stopping by Dittyville – the musical home of Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones

It’s late January and although the earth appears to slumber it feels like spring is just around the corner. I can see the very tips of the daffodils as they break the soil by the pasture fence and buds are forming on the trees. Life has been fast-paced and mighty busy for us as of late – but good! In December to early Jan. Carl and I drove through 21 states and one province – playing concerts, jamming with friends and meeting new people who love roots music from Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, British Columbia, Colorado, Missouri and beyond. It was a great trip and we sure lucked out with mild weather considering it was the heart of winter!

Once we pulled our dusty car with 7k more miles on the odometer in the drive and rested our well-traveled bones for one night we set off to record our new album. Yes –Phew!

Off we went to Floyd, Virginia to Studio 808a with engineer Joe bass Dejarnette at the helm and we laid down some beautiful songs and tunes…new and old over the course of a week. We are really happy about the result – our first duet recording which is now called, Sweet memories… never leave.

We started an Indiegogo campaign and thanks to you, our many fans and supporters, the CD was recorded, mixed, mastered, package designed and sent to the printers! It really means a lot to us – our first duo recording (as a married couple) and we hope you enjoy all the music too. We’re expecting to be greeted by many boxes of CDs on our doorstep one happy day soon in late January. Then Carl and I will mail earlybird copies to our Indiegogo patrons and the CD will be available for everyone in early February – just in time for Valentines.

The CDs will also arrive just in time for us to take them on our next adventure. Carl and I will spend a month in Europe Jan 28th – Feb 28th. We are going to Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland for a combination of concert performances and a belated honeymoon! The official release of the Sweet memories…never leave CD will be at the Gainsborough festival in Lincolnshire, England – a wonderful old-time music event. We are so grateful to the festival organizers who are bringing us over to be a part of it!

Lastly, we already have spring fever and are eagerly anticipating teaching at no less than eight music camps this spring/summer including: Swannanoa, Augusta Old-Time Week, Kaufmann Camp, Blue Ridge Music Week (Mars Hill), the Bluff Country Gathering, Mando Camp North, American Banjo Camp, and the Alabama Folk School. We love teaching, playing and sharing old-time music with like-minded souls! Hope we see you there.

Thanks for visiting and your interest in our music and adventures. Have an inspiring and musical 2015 everyone!

Sincerely, Erynn and Carl

 

Fall Rambles, Oct 5, 2014 – Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones

October 4, 2014
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Welcome to our brand new website! Now that we’re married (woot!) we decided to move into a shared online music home! Dittyville is now the record label for both Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones. We plan to add lots of good stuff to the site here over the coming months and we hope you will enjoy the upcoming, free music downloads, songwriting tips and sheet music for our latest original tunes.

It’s always amazing when October rolls around. Summer has left us leaving only a blurr of memories that we fondly revisit amidst preparation for the cooler months here at our little country house in Galax, Virginia. This year Carl and I taught at eight fiddle camps throughout North America including: the Festival of American Fiddletunes (Washington), Sore Fingers (England), Augusta Old-Time Week (West Virginia), Blue Ridge Music Week/Mars Hill (North Carolina), Midwest Banjo Camp (Michigan), Fiddleworks (BC, Canada), Sunshine Coast School of Celtic Music (BC, Canada), Cowan Creek Mountain Music School (Kentucky). One of the things we both find very rewarding is sharing music with others – whether they are young and young at heart. We also sure enjoyed teaching, performing or jamming at many stellar festivals this summer such as Hoppin’ John, Mount Airy, Clifftop, Mountaineer Week, Galax Fiddlers Convention, Henderson Fest, Rockbridge, Bear on the Square and the Peacham Acoustic Music Fest in Vermont. We are grateful for all the friends, house concert hosts, musicians who played with us, kind people who put us up, promoters, community organizers, radio DJs and especially the folks who came to our shows on our eastern, western, northern and southern tours and our trip to the UK. Thanks!!

Looking ahead Carl and I are excited that in two days we head into the recording studio to start working on our first duet album. We’re making plans, practicing and picking some of our favorite song-duets, traditional tunes and originals too for this project. Carl has even written a beautiful new song that will be on there. We will be recording at “Joe Bass” Dejarnette’s in Willis, VA starting this Wednesday. Stay tuned for updates and we’ll let you know how it’s coming along.

This month, I will travel to Alberta, Canada to teach old-time fiddle at a Bluegrass North. Carl and I will then head to Augusta October Old-Time Week to teach fiddle and guitar classes. November will bring us to Illinois, Ohio, and Ontario on tour. Then in December we will embark on our biggest tour yet (6000+ miles) from Virginia, through the southern states (VA, TN, AL, LA, NM, AZ), and then heading north from California to Washington and across the border into British Columbia. On our return trip we’ll be cutting diagonally through the country (ID, MO) until we reach the Blue Ridge Mountains. It will be quite an adventure! Carl and I sure look forward to meeting folks, jamming, getting together with old friends/family on the way. Hope you’ll come see us if we’re in your town!

For those who have asked here are the camps we already know we will be teaching at in 2015:

Mando Camp North (MA) – Carl and Erynn

Bluff Country Gathering (MN) – Carl and Erynn

Blue Ridge Music Week (Mars Hill, NC) – Carl and Erynn

Kaufmann Kamp (TN) – Erynn (jam leader)

Swannanoa Gathering: Old-Time Week (NC)– Carl and Erynn

American Banjo Camp (WA) – Erynn is teaching fiddle track

Alabama Folk School (AL) – Erynn is teaching fiddle (Int-Adv)

In the new year we are planning performances in Virginia Beach, Florida and the UK. The traveling life is eased by the good company we meet along the road. Hope to see you! Thanks for your support of our music and we appreciate you stopping by.

Have a great fall everyone!

Warmly, Erynn and Carl