Fall Newsletter 2021 – Family News…

Any of you with news of interest to the Gathering community should send a copy to the Gathering office, so we can publish it here…

We note with sadness the passing of legendary fiddler and staff member Byron Berline, luthier Tom Doerr and long-time Gathering attendee Danny Henderson… It’s possible and even probable that Covid took more of our friends from us we don’t know about, so we hold those unknowns in reverence as well… Huge congratulations go to Fiddle Week staffer Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, who was selected ‘Fiddle Player of the Year’ at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) annual award ceremony… Congratulations also go to Warren Wilson music professor and Fiddle Week staffer Kevin Kehrberg for winning an IBMA award for ‘Instrumental Recording of the Year’ with his contributions to the outstanding recording, Ground Speed, with Kristin Scott Benson and other artists from Mountain Home Music… Long-time Gathering instructor John Lilly, a member of both the Green Grass Cloggers and the New Southern Ramblers, was recently honored with the release of a tribute CD, April in Your Eyes: A Tribute to the Songs of John Lilly, featuring such luminaries as Bill Kirchen, Kathy Mattea, Tim O’Brien, Tom Paxton and many others… Big congratulations go to Patrick Landeza, Hawaiian slack-key guitar instructor, chef of guitar Week’s luau and chief purveyor of ‘Swann-aloha’, was the winner of the 44th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards’ “Hawaiian Slack Key Album of the Year” with his latest album release, Far Away, the first time a mainland-based artist has won a Na Hoku twice in the same category… Teachers please note that the Swannanoa Gathering offers teacher renewal certification hours for any of our weeks. Contact your local school board for prior approval… Don’t forget to support your local Public Radio and Television stations. For other folk news, don’t forget the online resources AcousticGuitarForum.com, UMGF.com (The Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum), MandolinCafe.com, BanjoHangout.com, Mandozine.com and magazines The Old-Time Herald, Acoustic Guitar, Dulcimer Players News and Fiddler.