Randy Parris – Guitar, Harp, Banjo, Mandolin, Lute
Randy Parris began his musical career playing a variety of instruments in a broad range of styles from a very young age. He followed his dream and began studying general music and classical guitar at Central Washington University where he also began to learn Lute and ancient forms of music. After three years, an opportunity to own and run a music store in Ellensburg interrupted his formal studies. It was at this time as a store owner, he began his lifetime interest in the Harp and was able to have a harp specially made, also developing his interest in composing for the instrument. At the same time, his love of guitar remained strong and as well running the store, he continued to play regularly in touring bands and to do session work. Like many music students, Randy had begun teaching while at college and now applied his formal training and opportunity as an entrepreneur, to establish himself as a music teacher with his own instruction studio based at his store. Since then, he has never looked back and even during periods when travelling with his harp, or busy with managing his business, teaching music emerged as his central passion and profession by choice and he is as comfortable teaching electric guitar to a budding rock star as he is with the meditative and mellow harp, for which he composes prolifically. Randy feels that teaching music theory and technique through the student’s chosen style and preferences is very important approach.
Stuart Williams – Fiddle, Mandolin and Claw-Hammer Banjo
Stuart Williams of Seattle, WA has played fiddle for old time country, square and contra dances in the NW for some 35 years – from Flash in the Pan in the ’70’s to Pleasures of Home in the ’90’s with numerous duets, trios and larger bands along the way. Inspired as a teenager by local traditional fiddlers at square dances in southwestern Michigan, he took up the fiddle in the early ’70’s. Seeking out the older local players, first in Michigan, than Oregon and the NW, he’s made a life’s study of the Midwestern and Northwestern dance fiddle traditions. These fiddlers drove the dancers with age old bowing techniques which were adapted to playing without the benefit of modern accompaniment or electronics. From them he has absorbed a wide range of traditional styles. Northern jigs and reels merge with driving Missouri hoedowns as well as Scandinavian and Western influenced couple dances. A well known teacher in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island, he has also conducted workshops and classes throughout the Northwest and in Michigan, written for Fiddler Magazine and produced fiddle events and recordings for The Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, Northwest Folklife and Voyager Music. His oral history and music compilations, “The Washington Traditional Fiddlers Project: Vols I – III” are among Northwest Folklife’s perennial best sellers. Most recently, he has co-authored (with Brid Nowlan) “Roses in Winter- A Celebration of Fiddlers in Washington State” and “The Evergreen Fiddler Tune Books – Volumes I & II.”
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