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Mary Hattersley's Blazing Bows

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Take Mr. Suzuki's wonderful violin program, add "Sweet" Mary Hattersley, and a variety of Texas fiddle music and the result is a wonderful violin/fiddle program where the students (age 4 and up) learn the joys of both classical violin and fiddling simultaneously.

Blazing Bows at Austin Arts Festival (2002)
Blazing Bows at the Austin Arts Festival, 2002.

Mary Hattersley's Blazing Bows were joined by Kay Mueller's Austin Suzuki Academy (ASA) for the 2002 Austin Art Festival.  Kay's students sometimes join Mary's at events like this, as they also do some fiddle study along with their Suzuki training, as well.

Blazing Bows at LBJ Ranch Book Fair (2005)
The Blazing Bows at the LBJ Ranch Book Fair.

The combination violin/fiddle program that Mary teaches her students allows for a unique path to knowledge and skill.  While learning by ear and learning to read music, the children also learn long bow techniques (typically used in violin and considered to be more advanced techniques in fiddle) and short bow techniques (shuffles, etc., which are the mainstay in fiddling, but tend to be more advanced techniques in violin).  In the end, the students tend to become more well-rounded over time.

Blazing Bows at Pioneer Farms (2005)
Blazing Bows play music for Pioneer Farms May Celebration.

Blazing Bows and K. R. Wood's bunch at Alamo.
Blazing Bows and K. R. Wood's gang pose at the Alamo after playing for Davy Crockett's birthday,

The Blazing Bows take their shows to celebrations, nursing homes, festivals, schools, and wherever else it may be wanted.  Their shows typically consist of a variety of classical violin and fiddling which teaches a bit of history along with the music.  While the children get performance and presentation experience, they learn about the pleasure they can bring to others and the history that goes with the music they have learned.

Blazing Bows at Pioneer Farms (2005)
Blazing Bows play for May Pole dancers (Pioneer Farms).

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Mary Hattersley
512-873-8925
blazingbows (at) lycos.com
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Mary Hattersley's Blazing Bows