Ed Cosner & Katie Bern
Katie Bern drove up to Lincoln Square from Palos Heights to enter our Midwest Fiddle Championship for several years running. (Her younger sister Kristen is still a regular entry, but Katie has missed the last few contests as she completed a degree in music education at Belmont University in Nashville.) In 2006, Katie placed fourth in the Fiddle Team division in a duet with her neighbor Matt Danaher. They came back the next year and took 2nd place.
This week’s tune of the week (submitted just in the nick of time) was played by Katie and Matt in the Championship finals in 2007 on the main stage at the Chicago Folk & Roots Festival. “Poor Muriel” was composed by local bluegrass and jazz guitarist John Parrott.
[Click the arrow to hear only Poor Muriel. Click the blue title to hear the whole medley, along with Katie's introduction of the tune, in which she mentions their teacher. He, of course, was Ed Cosner. BTW you can right-click the blue title to download and save the link, meaning the mp3.]
More info about Katie’s visit to Fiddle Club — and more tunes! — is posted below.