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Jesse Milnes


Jesse, Master Clinician on fiddle for 2015, is a Fiddler, Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter. He lives in Valley Bend, WV and toured with the Sweetback Sisters.  He performs with Emily Miller and recently released his first solo CD, Bucking Mule, an engaging collection of country and old-time songs and fiddle tunes that feature his unique finger-style guitar. On this CD, he is joined by Emily (harmony vocals), Chance McCoy (fiddle), Joseph Dejarnette (bass) and Matt Metz (mandolin).  When not touring, Jesse works as a fiddle repairman at Smakula Fretted Instruments near Elkins, WV.


Jesse plays Old Time and Bluegrass and a melding of those genres with some Blues and Swing.  His style is acoustic, country Americana.  Literally on the map of notable WV musicians created by the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, Jesse appears in Webster County right next to Edden Hammons.  


He is a notable musician in his own right, having arrived there through immersion.  Son of Gerry Milnes, renowned old-time fiddler and banjoist, Jesse suckled on this music.  It seeped into his pores, inhaled through his nose and filled his eyes, ears and head.  He probably couldn't have done anything but become a marvelous acoustic musician himself.  We are delighted to have him at our 2015 festival.



Jesse's Session:

During this session Jesse plans to teach two or three fairly simple fiddle tunes, using their simplicity as an opportunity to place emphasis on rhythmic subtleties.  As much of Jesse's repertoire is of West Virginia tunes, the tunes in the session will certainly include them, especially some Melvin Wine tunes of which Jesse is especially fond.


Please DO come with a recording device so you can take the tunes home with you at the end of festival day! 


Visit Jesse Milne's website.



Each Master Clinic has TEN spaces for students.  Pre-registration is required for Master Clinics.

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