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Friday, August 3 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
You Bow Your Way, I'll Bow Mine - Bridget Law, Jake Simpson (The Lil Smokies), John Brighton (Old Salt Union), Amanda B. Grapes (Pixie & The Partygrass Boys)

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Join Bridget Law (of Elephant Revival), Jake Simpson (of The Lil Smokies) and John Brighton (of Old Salt Union) for a discussion and demonstration of their fiddle styles. Different backgrounds, techniques and preferences can all lead to noticeable differences in the way the instrument can sound when played. Bring your questions and thoughts about this incredible instrument and we will uncover its mysteries together!

Bridget's Waldorf education and backgrounds in dance and music led her to a creative lifestyle from a young age. Learning from a variety of adult female role models pulled her personality beyond what was only available within her family ties. By the time she was in her twenties, she was a recognizable and accepted fiddle player in a genre that at the time was dominated by men. By her early thirties, after extensive national touring, she and her band Elephant Revival, were headlining Red Rocks annually. Now, she's taken a step back to focus on what is most important to her--home. Currently she is building bridges in the Colorado music community for up and coming artists, festivals with a focus on sustainability and collaborations with amazing friends--such as Katie Gray and their endeavor to bring the experience of Empowered Hearts to people who are ready to go deeper. She is never short on opportunities to share her music and can be seen appearing as a special guest or alongside her husband in their band Tierro with Bridget Law. She is also helping with the production of Sister Wind, a festival spotlighting Women artists, on August 26th, 2018.

John Brighton was born into a musical family. His mother, a dental hygienist, played the piano, and his father, a mortician, played the trumpet. At the request of his parents, he began studying the Suzuki violin method at the age of 3. He naturally took to the instrument in grade school, and music became more of a passion and less of a hobby. In high school, he received traditional Western classical training. During this time he performed with many St. Louis area string quartets, orchestras, church groups, and jazz ensembles. John was the member of several local bands, highly sought on both on electric violin and electric bass guitar. After high school, John continued his training at Millikin University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, pursuing a degree in music performance. In 2012, he joined Old Salt Union and rapidly became hooked on this thing called 'Bluegrass'. After completing the spring semester at SIUE in 2013, John decided to put his studies on hold to devote all of his time to the band. OSU has been on the road full-time since the Summer of 2013.

From the age of five, Jake Simpson delved into the world of classical fiddling. He soon expanded his repertoire to include a plethora of fiddle styles ranging from bluegrass, country, rock, blues, Western swing, and Appalachian. At 16, Jake was the youngest member inducted into America’s Old-Time Fiddler’s Hall of Fame, and by the time he was 18, Jake had already released five studio albums. Wanting to share his love for fiddle, Jake became an instructor at Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp for five consecutive years. He is most recently known as the youngest and arguably most fiery member of Montana high-energy, five-piece band, The Lil Smokies.

Amanda B. Grapes is a Salt Lake City-based fiddler, violinist, and composer. Fluent in multiple musical genres, her original music draws from traditional bluegrass, Celtic, Classical, and more. Amanda has been playing the violin/fiddle since the age of two, and picked up fiddling at the age of seven when her family moved to the bluegrass state of Kentucky. Amanda is the fiddlist for Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, and also guests with WE DREAM DAWN and The Good Time Travelers.  Amanda graduated with honors from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences while simultaneously studying music with Tom Joiner. She won the Furman Concerto Competition and graduated as concertmaster of the Symphony. As a child in Kentucky she won numerous fiddle contests and reentered the contest scene in 2015. She won both Utah State Fiddle Championships (Utah State Instrument Championship and the National Old Time fiddler’s State Contest) and was a finalist (top 5) at the Walnut Valley (Winfield) Old Time Fiddle Championship.


Friday August 3, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
7 - Workshop Tent