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Judy Hyman

Old Time Fiddle

For decades Judy has taught at music camps throughout the U.S.; she is honored to be returning to Falling Waters. With roots in classical violin, Appalachian fiddle music, and modern rock, Judy is a founding member of alt-trad band, The Horse Flies, who have toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and recorded many albums, including releases on MCA and Rounder Records. Judy also composes music for film and received an Emmy Award for her score for the documentary The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson and Wine. Judy toured and recorded with the remarkable Natalie Merchant several times, appearing on Merchant’s albums, The House Carpenter’s Daughter, Leave Your Sleep, and Retrospective.  A project emotionally special to Judy is Late Last Summer,  an album of her original waltzes, which she recorded with her dad, jazz pianist/composer Dick Hyman. Judy has been featured in Electronic Musician Magazine and twice in Fiddler Magazine.  She was also included as one of 20 master fiddlers in a booklet/cd set celebrating Fiddler Magazine’s 20th anniversary.  She has been commissioned to create a new waltz to celebrate Fiddler Magazine’s 25 anniversary in 2019.

Judy's Workshop Descriptions

Cross-key A tune from Ed Haley’s repertoire (Intermediate/Advanced): AEAE is a staple tuning in the Appalachian repertoire.  The fiddle feels open and vibrates freely.  Let’s learn one from the playing of Ed Haley (1885-1951), master fiddler originally from Logan County, West Virginia, but who spent most of his adult life in Kentucky.

Crooked tunes (Intermediate/Advanced): Narmour and Smith’s Charleston #1 was a hit in 1929.  Named for the town of Charleston, Mississippi, near where William T. ‘Willie’ Narmour lived, it was also recorded by Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts.  It’s a great example of a notey crooked tune and will be as much fun for us to count as to learn.

Dipping a toe into Kentucky tunes (Intermediate/Advanced): Kentucky is a deep source of wonderful old-time fiddlers and tunes.  William Stepp (1875-1957) is an important one, recorded in 1937 by Alan Lomax (and quoted by Aaron Copeland in the “hoe-down” section of Rodeo).  Let’s learn a William Stepp tune!!!  

Judy’s original waltzes: Judy recorded an album of her original waltzes with her dad in 2011, “Late Last Summer”.  (And she’s about to record two more with him.)  She will bring sheet music for a bunch of them, including some arrangements for 2 violins and more.  If there are enough readers in the group we’ll read through whatever we have time for.  If not, we’ll learn as many as we can by ear.  An expert accompanist will join us.