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Meet the Teacher: Laurel Morgan Parks

Crossover violinist Laurel Morgan Parks has been following her musical path since the young age of 4 when her dad brought home a banged up fiddle with a bow that lacked most of its hairs – it was love at first listen!

As a professional musician Parks has performed with acts such as the Eagles, Sarah McLachlan, Amy Grant, Evanescence, Josh Grobin and Disturbed, but also with her own projects – The Wires String Duo, Of Tree, and In the Pines.  She’s traveled throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, playing with her bands, the Mantovani Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony.

Parks is currently the founder/instructor of Drunken Fiddles – a fiddle workshop for adults who want to learn to play a stringed instrument from the absolute beginning while incorporating fiddle styles and non-classical techniques along the way.  When not performing or teaching Parks can be heard on the NPR affiliated radio station 91.9 Classical KC as the co-host of Sound Currents – a show dedicated to championing New Music.

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Join musician Laurel Morgan Parks and the Drunken Fiddlers for an experience of a lifetime! Grab your passport and fiddle case (even if you’ve never played before), We are going to Ireland! We will take a musical journey deep into the heart of Celtic lands rich in fiddle traditions and the folklore that inspires them. Regardless of whether you’re a true first time absolute beginner, an intermediate player or just want to come and support, the Drunken Fiddles Retreat to Ireland offers a fun and relaxed environment in which to enjoy music.