Fiddle Tunes Names Suzy Thompson Next Artistic Director

ACTA - Posted on 06 August 2010

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Fiddler Suzy ThompsonThe Festival of American Fiddle Tunes has named California’s Suzy Thompson as its new Artistic Director.  Suzy will begin her duties at Fiddle Tunes this fall, working with program manager Peter McCracken to select artists and curate the Fiddle Tunes festival experience, now in its 34th year.

The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes is one of the largest celebrations of traditional American music—and other fiddle traditions from around the world—west of the Mississippi.  Hundreds of players come to Washington State’s Fort Worden State Park for a full week of workshop classes, band labs, tutorials, dances, concerts, open jams, parties, and informal and spontaneous gatherings.  These workshops lead into mainstage shows where thousands of audience members listen to the masters.

Over the past three decades, fiddler Suzy Thompson has been a leading force in many influential roots music groups, including the California Cajun Orchestra (two award-winning CDs on the Arhoolie label), the Blue Flame String Band (with Kate Brislin and Alan Senauke), Klezmorim (who started the klezmer music revival in the 1970’s), the all-woman Any Old Time String Band (featured on the Grammy-winning Arhoolie box set), and most recently, the Bluegrass Intentions (with banjo ace Bill Evans.)  Suzy's passion for old-time music caused her to start the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, a past and present grantee of ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program, which has become a four-day celebration attended by old-time musicians who travel from all over the U.S.

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