April, 2009 -- The Pendleton Family Fiddlers, www.PendletonFF.com
Dynamic teen sisters Marina (age 23) and Emma Jane (age 24) Pendleton are multi-instrumentalists, vocalists, and top prize-winning solo fiddling, twin-fiddling, mandolin, and yodeling champions in state and national competitions; seasoned stage and TV performers; and all-around dynamic entertainers.
Emma Jane and Marina Pendleton were featured guest artists in concert with Lyle Lovett and his band, and were voted finalists in a national talent search contest aired on CBS television. With Dad Scott on rhythm guitar, Mom Virginia on fiddle and mandolin, and Uncle David or family friends on upright bass, the Pendleton Family Fiddlers have performed for Garth Brooks and Toby Keith at galas in their honor, in Branson, and at many other theatre, festival, and TV venues. The Pendleton Family Fiddlers co-star on a childrens' TV show that airs six days a week on Cox cable.
The Pendleton Family Fiddlers can be seen at festivals and theatres around Oklahoma and beyond. The girls perform old-time fiddle tunes, bluegrass, western, cowgirl, and swing numbers on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, with vocals and yodeling.
PERFORMED FOR TOBY KEITH AT A GALA IN HIS HONOR
In November, 2008, the Pendleton Family Fiddlers entertained in the VIP Reception Suite of the Southern Hills Marriott at a Gala honoring Toby Keith. Among the guests who enjoyed their music were the grandson and great-granddaughter of Oklahoma's own native son, Will Rogers.
PERFORMED FOR GARTH BROOKS AT A GALA IN HIS HONOR
In November, 2007, The Pendleton Family Fiddlers entertained in the VIP Reception Suite of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at a Gala honoring Garth Brooks. Emma Jane and Marina, with Scott on guitar, also took the stage and fiddled the Orange Blossom Special for an audience of 700, including celebrities Garth, Roy Clark, Ty England, and others. (See Photo Gallery)
IN CONCERT WITH LYLE LOVETT
Lyle Lovett invited the girls to perform with him and his band at the Brady Theatre when Lyle's tour with KD Lang came to Tulsa on August 8, 2007.
GUEST-STAR ON A CHILDREN'S TV SHOW
The Pendleton Family Fiddlers currently guest-star on a children's TV show, "Quick Draw Derick", aired on Cox Cable Channel 20. (See Photo Gallery)
CBS TELEVISION NATIONAL TALENT CONTEST
In February, 2007, CBS Television producers in New York chose the girls' video of their performance of the "Cotton Patch Rag" as among the best videos submitted in a CBS TV national talent contest. The girls' video was aired on the national CBS "The Early Show" and was voted into the top eight in the national semi-finals by three million viewers.
The girls also appeared live on KVOO 98.5 FM Radio with Andy O and Jean; on the "Up Late With Ben Sumner" TV talk show; and on the KOTV "Six in the Morning" with LeAnne Taylor and Casey Norton, and on FOX 23.
FIDDLE CONTESTS and MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Emma Jane and Marina are the 2009 Colorado State Twin-Fiddle Champions. Emma Jane is the 2008 Kansas State Fiddle Champion, the 2008 Patsy Montana National Yodeling Champion, a Finalist at the 2008 Nashville Grand Master Fiddler Championships, and the 2007 Oklahoma State Junior Fiddle Champion. Marina is the 2008 Kansas State and 2008 Oklahoma State Junior Fiddle Champion. Marina also took 2nd place and won a fiddle at the 2008 Winfield Old-Time Fiddle Championships. The girls have been recipients of music scholarships from the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival 2005 - 2008.
Each January to May from 2007 to 2009, Emma Jane and Marina and the Pendleton Family Fiddlers have hosted theTulsa Fiddle and Guitar Circle, in which anyone interested in fiddling can learn new fiddle tunes and jam together in a fun group setting.
In December, 2007, the girls were invited to record a track on the fourth annual "Holiday Harvest" CD, benefiting the Eastern Food Bank of Oklahoma.
Emma Jane and Marina played in benefit concerts for Hurricane Katrina victims and the U.S. military soldiers in Iraq.
In 2005, the girls were chosen by audition to record on a CD entitled, "Tulsa's Best and Brightest Musical Talent", with proceeds benefiting Tulsa Public Schools.
Emma Jane and Marina began their musical careers at age two, learning the rudiments of playing the violin from their mother, and later taking classical music lessons from professional Suzuki violin teacher, Karen Naifeh Harmon.
In 1999, renowned Hee-Haw TV star fiddler Jana Jae heard Marina and Emma Jane Pendleton perform a classical violin duet at a Christmas party when they were 5- and 6-years-old. Impressed, Jana urged them to try fiddling. They continue studying classical violin and performing in that musical genre as well. They are mentored in fiddling by Jana Jae, the first female member of Buck Owens' band.
* Performed at a Gala honoring Toby Keith.
* Performed for Garth Brooks at a Gala in his honor.
* Played in concert with Lyle Lovett at the Brady Theatre.
* Performed in concert and on TV with Jana Jae, the "First Lady of Country Fiddle", of Hee Haw fame.
* Featured on CBS's "The Early Show" in a televised national talent contest.
*Performed in Branson at the Hughes American Family Theatre
* Regular guest-stars on a children's TV show, "Quick Draw Derick", Cox Cable Channel 20.
*Performed at the Prairie Rose Opera House, opening for Sons of the San Joaquin.
* Performed at Byron Berline's FiddleFest, Guthrie, OK
* Appear on www.OklaTravelNet.com internet TV Live Performances videos.
* Featured on KOTV Channel 6, KTUL Channel 8 TV, and FOX 23 news shows.
* Guests on "Up Late With Ben Sumner" TV talk show.
* Interviewed on KVOO 98.5 FM, K95.5 FM, K96 FM Radio shows.
* Recorded song played on John Wooley's "Swing On This" Radio program, KWGS 89.5 FM.
* Perform regularly at Tulsa's historic Spotlight Theatre - Olio, Murder Mystery, Children's Theatres.
* Performed at Cain's Ballroom, Inaugural Gala of the National Fiddler Hall of Fame.
* Performed at Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Brown Bag-It Concert Series.
* Performed at VanTrease Performing Arts Center - 2nd Annual National Fiddler Hall of Fame Gala.
* Performed at Tulsa State Fair, COKE Stage, for 1500 Golden Age Celebrants.
* Tulsa Mayfest, Main Stage - opened for Joe Diffie.
* Tulsa Mayfest, Main Stage - opened for Steve Azar.
* Entertained at the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival.
* Guest-starred on a children's TV show, the "Yippee-Yi-Yo Show".
* Opened for Cowboy Poet Baxter Black of NPR fame at Gilcrease Museum.
* Gilcrease Museum's WestFest -- stage shows and strolling musicians.
* Blue Dome Diner "Holiday Harvest" CD release party.
* Guest performers at American Heritage Music Festival.
* Performed at Byron Berline's Fiddle Fest.
* Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden - Centennial Celebration.
* Oklahoma Centennial BestFest.
* Broken Arrow Rooster Days.
* Miami Fall Festival.
* Nowata Country Jubilee.
* Oklahoma State Capitol for Bob Wills Day.
* Oklahoma Rep. Ron Peters Election Watch Party.
* Republican Boot-Scootin' BBQ party, home of Joe McGraw, Realtors.
* Tulsa's Central Library, "Tuesday Tunes".
* Grand Opening of Saied's Music store.
* Public Service Company of Oklahoma company picnics.
* Tulsa Historical Society.
* Tulsa Garden Center.
* Jenks Plant & Herb Festival.
* Jenks Christmas Holiday Open House.
* Red Cross Gala.
* Riverfield Country Day School.
* Various senior citizen centers.