Mark Campbell is a traditional musician who is dedicated to preserving and passing down old Appalachian region fiddle and banjo styles. Since his childhood in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Mark traveled around the region, collecting and playing the old style of music. He learned bowing and picking styles from some of the giants of last generation of great musicians of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
In 2008 Mark was named the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' Master fiddler. He was also the 2001 Champion Fiddler at the Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop, West Virginia, has twice won the State Fair of Virginia fiddle contest, and has won the West Virginia State Folkfestival banjo and fiddle competitions.
Mark travels throughout the region, performs concerts/lectures, teaches classes, plays for dances and produces solo and band recordings.
Mark learned fiddle styles by playing with and studying musicians including, Melvin Wine, Tommy Jarrell, Ernie Carpenter, Pug Allen, Burl Hammons, Wilson Douglas, Lee Triplett, Franklin George, Harvey Sampson, Joe Birchfield, Wilson Douglas, and Harold Hausenfluck.
He learned his banjo styles by watching musicians Herbert Pitzer, Kyle Creed, Fred Cockerham, and Matokie Slaughter.
From blind fiddler Harold Hausenfluck Mark learned to listen for the bow changes in old recordings. He then studied recordings from many of the departed masters of the old style of music, including French Carpenter, Ed Haley, Luther Strong, N. H. Mills, Norm Edmonds, J. B. Grayson, Clayton McMitchen, Marcus Martin, and Osey Helton.
"My goal is to help reveal and perpetuate the genius of Appalachian Mountain Culture."
Mark and Issac Akers play John Lewis'
June 5, 6, and 7th Mt Airy Festival, Mt Airy North Carolina.
Mark and Barrow play Emmett Lundy's
Ducks on the Millpond.
April 12th and 14th: Upstate New York with John Kirk and Trish Miller. April 12 (Easter night) at Skidmore College.
April 15th: jamming at the Grizzly Pear, NYC, 9:30 to 12:30.
107 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012
April 17th: Master Workshop at Jalopy 7:00 PM. See "classes" link . Link to Jalopy
April 19th: Master Workshop 1:00 PM to 5:00PM and House Concert 7:30 PM at Susan Sterngold's Residence Suffern NY.
April 23rd: House Concert in Williamsburg with Elizabeth LaPrelle as guest. Dinner at 6:00 PM Seats reserved at Johnny48@AOL.com or by calling 757-208-0419.
The Campbell Family band plays Field Ward's
Way Down in North Carolina or Waterbound
June 11, 12, 13 Henry Reed Memorial Festival, Glen Lynn Virginia.
June 26, 27 Elk Creek Festival Elk Creek, Virginia
Tuesday July 7th Laprade Library, Chesterfield Co.
Thursday July 9th Enon Library, Chesterfield Co.
August 15, Blacksburg Contra Dance, Blacksburg, Virginia with the the New River Dance Band
August 22 Roanoke Contra Dance, Roanoke, Virginia with the New River Dance Band
September 11th Stone Soup, Waynesboro, Virginia
December 12th Floyd Contra Dance, Floyd, Virginia. Advanced fiddle workshop Friday Dec 11th, Intermediate fiddle workshop Saturday Dec 12th. Write to sign up:
July 30, 31, Aug 1, 2, Appalachian String Band Festival, Clifftop, West Virginia.
September 11th and 12th, Rockbridge Music Festival, Buena Vista, Virginia.
September 19th, Campbell Family Band at the Victory Hall Theatre, Scottsville Virginia.
March 7th Campbell Family Band at Richmond Folk Music (Coffeehouse) Richmond, Virginia. 2:00 PM
Mark Plays Luther Strong's
Last of Sizemore
New Band Performance: Virginia House Band plays an evening of old-time dance tunes and marital bliss songs at the White Hawk Cafe in Goochland, Va.
Fiddle tune of the month:
Mark plays: Marcus Martin's
Lady Hamilton (abreviated Version)
See fiddle lesson on Lessons and Videos page. Leather Britches
The Campbell Family band plays Burl Hammons' Waynesboro and Wild Horse
May 20th Campbell Family Band at Chesterfield Library Chester , Virginia. 7:00 PM
Tune of the Month:
The new Virginia House Band plays: Shout Lula
Article on Campbell Family Band
from Magazine 33
Deep Roots and Still Live Too are now digitally available!:
Fiddle Tune of the Month:
Sept 4th: Henry Reed Family Gathering.
Sept 7th: Brandermill Woods Concert.
Sept 10th: Concert at Stone Soup, Waynesboro, Va.
Sept 10, 11th: Rockbridge Music Festival
Sept 18th: Hoppin John Fiddler's Convention, Shakori
Hills N.C. 2:00 PM fiddle workshop.
Sept 25th: Judging Virginia State Fair Fiddle Contest
Sept 26th: Judging Virginia State Fair Banjo Contest
Oct 8, 9, 10th: Hosting Fiddlers at Richmond Folk Festival
Oct 23rd: Floyd Concert with Harmonica Phill Woddail, Lunch time concert at Dogtown Restaurant
Oct 23rd: Roanoke Contra Dance with New River Dance Band
Sept 12th: Virginia Foundation for the Humanites Showcase,
Oct 30th: Campbell Family Band at Springfield Assisted Living
CORRECTION: Nov 26th: Virginia Roots Ensemble at
The concert is at the Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Gallery at Colonial Williamsburg. Shows at 1:30 and 4:00 PM
December 3rd Mark's painting show opening at St Micheal's Gallery, Bon Air Richmond, Va. See Mark's painting website Link
Oct 27th: Music in the MCV lobby with Ron Gentry
Dec. 1st, 8th and 15th . Appalachian Christmas Music with Kelly Kennedy at the Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Gallery at Colonial Williamsburg
Dec. 10th: Virginia House Band at the Camel in Richmond 9:00 show.
April 14th: Campbell Family Band at Chesterfield Main Library. 7:00 to 8:00 PM.
Jan 29th: Fiddle workshop at Ground Hog Festival.
Feb. 13th: Virginia House Band Greenwood Conta Dance.
May 12th: Virginia House Band at Chesterfield Main Library. 7:00 to 8:00 PM
May 14th: Virginia Roots Ensemble at Luray Performing Arts.
May 28th and 29th Campbell Family Band at Glen Allen Performing arts Festival "Virginia Traditions and Tunes."
Feb 12th and 25th: Music for Ice Skating at Richmond's downtown rink, 7:00 to 8:00 PM
See Mark's paintings:
May 7th: Mark and Ron Gentry at the Bon Air Victorian Day Celebration. Approx. 1:20 PM.
March 27th: Virginia House Band at Church Hill Irish Festival, noon.
September 9th: Stone Soup Wayensboro, Va.
Sept 10th: Rockbridge Music Festival Lexington, Va.
Sept 17th: Private party, Richmond, Va.
Fall 2011 YET TO BE SCHEDULED: CD release party and dance at Ginter hall, for Harold Hausenfluck, Richmond, Va.
The new Campbell Family Band CD Hop Up Pretty Girls is now available by mail.
September 7th: Stone Soup Wayensboro, Va.
Sept 7th and 8th : Rockbridge Music Festival Lexington, Va.
Novermber 17th: Costa Campbell and Lloyd at Floyd Country Store
October 12th, 13 th and 14th: Richmond Folk Festival Jam
September 16th: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Show Case, Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville, Va.