Rosin up the bow: Local fiddle players wins national award
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Unionville's Austin Derryberry won the Grand Master Traditional Fiddle Championship recently. See the story at https://www.t-g.com/story/2635822.html.
Austin Derryberry (right) is an apprentice in a special program with Tennessee Arts commission where he's learning to make fiddles from Tennessee's own luthier, Jean Horner.
(Photo by Bradley Hanson, Tennessee Arts Commission)
For his successful performance during Country Music Hall of Fame's Grand Master Traditional fiddle championship recently, Unionville resident Austin Derryberry will have an opportunity to play next year at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Pictured with him is guitarist Conner Vlietstra.
The fiddle on the left is one of luthier Jean Horner's while the one on the right is a fiddle Austin Derryberry just completed as part of his Tennessee Arts Commission apprenticeship with the renown fiddle artist.
Austin Derryberry will have a chance to promote his style of fiddle music during an upcoming Hawaiian festival.
Local couple Austin and Courtney Williams Derryberry share a mutual interest in music, particularly folk and bluegrass. They make their home in Unionville on Courtney's family farm.
Austin Derryberry of Unionville was recently awarded the Grand Master Traditional Fiddler championship at Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. He is a local band member with Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny.