FAI, a gathering of almost 3,000 folkies, might sound like a hillbilly nightmare to some, but it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass on. For 5 days, from morning ‘til the wee hours of the following morning, folk music, folk jams, folk panels, folk lectures, folk workshops…you get the idea. We might have been a little folk’d out by the last day, but we’re quite glad we went.
One memorable story is of an early afternoon we decided to pull our instruments out in the walkway to share our music with the passerby's. It actually was a great opportunity to connect with people, since the many people walking by are there for one folky reason or another, and we did this a number of times throughout the week. This particular time, a handsome and fit elder stopped over for a listen. When we finished, he kindly requested to hear another song featuring the mandolin, and so we shared our Lucky Penny, which I introduced to him as a song greatly inspired by a Bill Monroe waltz. Him being of that age I figured he might appreciate that note. Well, when the last note of Lucky Penny came to an end, he told us how much he enjoyed the sound of our song and our old mandolin and then added,"I used to play fiddle with Bill Monroe". Madeline and I were almost knocked off our feet, but we kept it together. "Would you like to play the mandolin?", I said, and we handed it to him and we all played the old cute bluegrass song Looking Back to See! We had a blast. Byron Berline is the man we jammed with that afternoon.
Now back in Nashville, we're happy to have met many new friends, and we've many fresh ideas to further strengthen our lives as artists.
Madeline Fendrick and Brian Peck
We're happy to share with you stories from our journey as artists. Stories from the road, and stories from our home base in Stoughton, WI.
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Robert Peck (Brian's Dad)
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