We are so lucky to live near the town of Berlin, MD.
Today we had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a fiddle workshop from The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers Band! (Click the pic below for a link to their band's website.) Not only did they teach us a great tune, they were so kind and chatted with us for a long time after the workshop ended. We had to tear Eljiah away from Mr. Niko!
Then we competed in the Berlin Fiddlers Festival for the first time and placed 1st in the Youth Band category, with two other ribbons besides. But ribbons don't matter. EVERYONE who played was sooooo good. We were just proud to be on the stage with so many great musicians of all ages. We were also surprised to have so many FVans drive out to support us: Mr. Chad, Mrs. Holly, & Haley Clark; Mr. Doug & Mrs. Alice Wigfield; Mr. Drew, Mrs. Jen, Callie, & Caden Gleason; our Grandpa Sean, Grandma Chrissy, Uncle Brandon, & Uncle Pat; and Mrs. Bethany Jubilee. And, of course, The Manager & The Roadie.
Can't wait til Berlin Fiddlers Fest 2020!
And what do you do when you've had a great day at the Berlin Fiddlers Festival? You celebrate at Island Creamery Berlin, OF COURSE! (Thanks, Dad!)
Tonight we played at the Worcester County Fair's 4H Talent Show in Snow Hill, MD. We were so nervous because we'd not played much in front of crowds, and we'd never competed before. I mean...the competition is all in good fun, but you still want to do your best! Well, Worcester County 4H welcomed us warmly! Ms Starr Robinson's excitement was contagious! Also on stage were some of our Wicomico 4H friends like James & Vada Fegely, Meeta Agarwal, Evana Shaju, & Ashley Varghese. We got 1st place, but that could have gone to anyone because everyone was GREAT! Most importantly, we got more experience playing and had a good time with some talented people. Also, now more people know about The Folk Villains!
Since we played a Steel Wheels cover, we donated our winnings---our first money earned as a band---to the Red Wing Academy for scholarships. And when we asked permission to post our cover of The Steel Wheels' "Take Me to the Ending," we got an email from THE Mr. Eric Brubaker who said, "Congratulations Elijah, Isabel, and Guinevere! I love your rendition and can’t wait to hear more from you. You’ve got permission to keep playing those Steel Wheels songs! Eric"
...and then we passed out.😂
When we told Grandpa Cockey that we'd be by Lakeside Assisted Living with our instruments, we thought we'd just go to his room and play for him the songs we'd played for the Wicomico County Fair 4H Talent Show. Little did we know, Grandpa C had decided to invite some friends...aka. half of Lakeside! Surprise! We were a little nervous, but everyone at Lakeside gave us a warm welcome and were the perfect audience. So kind! It was a great rehearsal for the Berlin Fiddlers Festival that's coming up. Thanks, Grandpa C! And thank you, Lakeside Assisted Living residents!
The Manager created Folk Villains short & long sleeved t-shirts with Custom Ink, and The Roadie ordered some for us. We feel so legit now that our FVans can wear a real Folk Villains shirt. Thanks, Mom & Dad! Uh...we mean...Thanks, The Manager & The Roadie!❤
So apparently now that we played the Wicomico County Fair, we are Big Time, getting top billing before a band that's been around for more than 20yrs. Tee hee...no worries! It's our dad's band, The Folk Heroes! The nice people at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum placed our picture at the top of their advertisement for the gig. Just so funny because our band is so new!
Mr. Charlie Stegman & our dad (aka. The Roadie) invited us to play some songs with them at Berlin's Calvin B Taylor House Museum, and we were thrilled, as usual. The Folk Heroes gave us our start...and inspired our band name!
The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum is SUCH a nice place to play! The porch is your stage because it's so huge. Everyone---including stalker managers with cameras!---bring chairs and blankets and sit on the lawn. Just a perfect evening concert!
Thank you, Calvin B. Taylor House Museum and The Folk Heroes for including us!
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