We'd like to thank everyone who made this moment possible...
In 1997 we moved to Tulsa, finding a very lively violin/fiddling scene that continues to gain momentum. Many superb musicians have befriended, inspired, encouraged, instructed, and accompanied us; invited us on stage, and shared the microphone and spotlight with us. We are indebted to you. In somewhat chronological order, we'd like to acknowledge and thank these fine folks:
Karen Naifeh-Harmon, Emma Jane, and Marina at the TAMTA Young Musicians annual recital. (c) The Pendleton Family Fiddlers Karen Naifeh-Harmon was the girls' classical violin teacher 1997 - 2012! Karen arranged our first public performances at malls, retirement homes, basketball halftimes, and Mayfest. Our first TV performance was with Karen's Suzuki students outside the movie theatre at Promenade Mall when Emma Jane was four and Marina was three.
Jody Naifeh and Emma Jane work through a measure in Jody's studio. (c) The Pendleton Family Fiddlers Jody Naifeh, Karen's mom, worked with us at innumerable group lessons, performances at the Cherry Street Farmer's Market, Blue Jello camps, and in the Tulsa Honors Orchestra.
Marina, Jana, Virginia, Emma Jane, and Scott at the 2006 American Heritage Music Festival in Grove, OK. (c) The Pendleton Family Fiddlers Jana Jae, the "First Lady of Country Fiddle", encouraged us to give fiddling a try at the American Heritage Music Festival in Grove, OK in 2001. Jana gained fame as the first female member of Buck Owens' "Buckaroos" band, and was a regular performer on the "Hee Haw" TV show. She has appeared with such country music greats as Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, Ray Stevens, The Oakridge Boys, Mel Tillis, Tammy Wynette, Ricky Skaggs and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. We had a wonderful time at the Festival, and have returned every year since! We have also enjoyed every one of Jana's Labor Day Weekend fiddle camps since then. Jana continues to be a generous friend, mentor, and role model.
Virginia and Scott, with Jack Boydston at the 2006 American Heritage Music Festival in Grove, OK. (c) The Pendleton Family Fiddlers Jack Boydstun, the guitarist in Jana's band Hotwire, has backed us up many times and given us valuable lessons and advice.
With Bob & The Round Up Boys at Cowboy Sharkey's. (c) The Pendleton Family Fiddlers Bob Fjeldsted invited the girls to "sit in" with his band at the legendary Nelson's Grill, Western Country Diner, Cowboy Sharkey's, Cain's Ballroom, and other venues. Currently, Bob heads the Northeast Oklahoma Fiddlers Association that hosts a monthly fiddle jam and the Oklahoma State Fiddle Championships at the Tulsa State Fair.
Marina, world champ JC Broughton, and Emma Jane. (c) The Pendleton Family Fiddlers Joe Digges and the South Forty Band (including world champion fiddler JC Broughton and sons Carl and Larry Broughton) brought us onstage to perform at their gigs in Sapulpa, Bixby, and Nowata.
Mark, Rick, and Shelby at Camerellis. (c) The Pendleton Family Fiddlers Rick Morton and Shelby Eicher taught us fiddle and mandolin tunes and techniques.
Marina, Deborah Bradshaw, and Emma Jane at the 2005 Tulsa Mayfest. (c) The Pendleton Family Fiddlers Deborah Bradshaw is active in theater around Tulsa. She "discovered" us in line at a homeschool event, and asked us to audition for the Spotlight Theatre's Olio troupe. We have performed at the Spotlight almost every month since!
Marina, Sheila Alley, and Emma Jane backstage at the Spotlight Theatre's performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (c) The Pendleton Family Fiddlers We love working with the cast and crew at the Spotlight, including Sheila Alley, who succeeded Deborah as director of the Olio.
Marina, Byron, and Emma Jane upstairs at the Doublestop Fiddleshop after Mark O'Connor's performance. (c) The Pendleton Family Fiddlers Three-time world champion fiddler Byron Berline, one of the most prominent bluegrass fiddlers of the last three decades, awarded us very generous scholarships to pursue our fiddle and mandolin lessons. He also put us on stage at the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival and had us perform in Fiddle Fest at the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Emma Jane and Jim Garling at the 2006 Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival. (c) The Pendleton Family Fiddlers Jim Garling taught us "Texas-style" guitar backup.