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More Chemo - January 5, 2017

Today, 1/5/17 I'm starting my second half of chemotherapy at the Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute next to the University of Arkansas Medical School. I still have the leiomyosarcoma cancer. I'm not sure that I'll ever be in complete remission from this very aggressive cancer, but I am hoping for the best. These treatments should be over in late February. However, I am still performing at every decent event possible. I'm not letting cancer stop me in the meantime.

Weddings! - October 6, 2016

I seem to be doing quite a few of these this month. The more the merrier!

Fiddle Workshops - September 23, 2016

I am looking forward to scheduling and teaching more fiddle workshops in the future. I'll post more about those as they develop. They will be in various cities around the USA.

Little Rock - August 27, 2016

Looks like I'll be living in the city of Little Rock, AR for a while. Still playing music throughout Arkansas and west Tennessee. Playing more and more again and enjoying it. Ask me about weddings, parties and other events.

August 2016 - August 2, 2016

Hi everyone! I still have a website. I'm still playing and working. If I didn't mention it before, I'll mention it again. I am playing/volunteering on the violin/fiddle at the Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute next to UAMS in Little Rock. On or around lunchtime each Wednesday. It's a very nice place to play next to the grand piano around the corner from the lobby.
I am connecting here, there, north, south, east and west in order to keep playing and writing/arranging music. That and studying and physical training takes up all my time. I like having a schedule. And I still teach a number of students, especially in the Little Rock area.
I will try to post on this News/Journal more often and list as many good dates and information as possible. Hiking around quite a bit, I still get tired occasionally but my playing has gotten stronger and stronger.
I am playing for the Sunday Brunch at The Pinnacle Valley Restaurant this next Sunday, the first one of August. They have the most delicious food. And a great catfish dinner on Friday nights. If you're in the area, please be there. Thanks!

Bill

Recovery - June 22, 2016

I have mostly recovered and amazingly well! I am playing and booking dates as much as possible. Please contact me here for more information on all the events that I play for.
Thanks everyone!

Radiation Treatment - May 21, 2016

Just an update. I'm almost half the way through with my radiation treatments. I plan to be back in Little Rock, AR for the last 12 days or so in June 2016 and then forward. I am lucky to have done as well as I have in recovery. Tomorrow will be 2 months since I had the leiomyosarcoma operation. I started playing violin/fiddle again a week after the operation and I've gotten much stronger. When I get back to Little Rock (home base for now) I'll start performing again and booking engagements. I've got a lot of work to do medically speaking and keeping up with the music. I've got a full plate. One thing I've tried to do is to stay in contact with more of my old Memphis connections. I plan to play a lot there as well as throughout Arkansas. In other words, as much as I can possibly do. Really looking forward to a more active life again, but I've learned a LOT in the meantime. All the best to all of you!
More later.

My Recovery From Major Surgery - April 25, 2016

Hello!

On March 12th I had to be taken to the ER in Little Rock, AR. I was in horrible pain and could not stand up for over a few seconds. I was about to get a very bad blood clot. At Bapt. Hospital in LR they found that I had a sarcoma on my inferior vena cava but were unable to preform the complicated surgery. My sister got me accepted to one of the best cancer hospitals in the country, and one of the best surgeons. The Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven in Connecticut is the one. They performed surgery and I survived. It's been a tough comeback but I am making it. I plan to go on living for a while. I was in great shape before all this happened. As long as I'm alive I plan to make more music. I can still play and record! I will add much more later. My sister basically saved my life, with the help from a lot of others. More later! Bill

The great Jungle Boater Race - March 7, 2016

Playing the fiddle March 13th, 2016 Sunday at Turner Bend and the Mulberry River near Cass AR.
This great event is held in early March every year and is a lot of fun. Canoes, kayaks, the keg and the announcement of the winners. Bring the family! http://www.TurnerBend.com

Last Day of 2015 - December 31, 2015

Good luck with your futures everyone! You will definitely need it. Happy 2016!

Winter Solstice - December 21, 2015

Looking Forward to 2016!

Instagram - December 8, 2015

I'm on Instagram. Care to join me? I have good stuff!

Kent Walker Artisan Cheese - November 28, 2015

Kent Walker Artisan Cheese is in downtown Little Rock AR. The tasting room and store are located on 323 Cross St. I'm playing the fiddle/violin from 6 til 9 pm. They have entertainment there all the time. You can order cheese, wine and beer and get a table and enjoy yourselves. They are all very good. Check them out online at:
www.kentwalkercheese.com Thanks!

Stevie Was Wonderful! - November 6, 2015

Stevie Wonder and his huge rockin band and singers displayed powerfully why he is a living legend of American Music. The show at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock AR last night was totally packed and totally Awesome! He had three keyboard players including himself, two full set drummers and another percussionist, two powerful bass players, two rockin guitar players, a six piece horn section, 10 strings, at least six to eight female and male backup singers and the conductor of strings was also a solo violinist. It was a powerful show and I was honored to play for him as well as all the other great artists I've had the pleasure to work with. People often forget how brilliant a pianist he is in addition to singing and harmonica.

Stevie Wonder Show - October 24, 2015

Playing in the strings orchestra backup for the Stevie Wonder show on 11/05/15 at Verizon Arena in N. Little Rock, AR

Private Events - October 19, 2015

I play for quite a few private parties, weddings, anniversaries and more, but I don't list them here out of respect for the privacy of the people who have these events. Please contact me if you would like for me to play for your private event. Thank you!

Pink Palace Crafts Fair Oct. 9th - September 15, 2015

In Memphis, TN from 3 til 4 pm I'll be doing a one hour performance on Oct. 9th. The event is at Audubon Park In Memphis not far from Poplar Ave and Perkins. It's a fun family event that's been going on for decades.

Outdoor Events - August 31, 2015

I play fiddle/violin at all sorts of outdoor events. I played one yesterday. I played for the Farmers Market in downtown Little Rock with all the local farmers and their produce plus local breweries in the Little Rock area. Always a great and fun time for me!

Big Cedar Lodge - August 28, 2015

I met with a client up at the lodge near Table Rock near Branson, MO. Spectacular place and the first time I've been there. Beautiful views and scenery! Took a look at ole Branson too. Man, talk about touristas!

Lifetime of Experience - August 12, 2015

When I play for your party or event I am bringing you entertainment that comes from a lifetime of experience, knowledge, people and service. And a love of music.

Root Cafe - Little Rock - August 7, 2015

Come to the Root on Sunday and do brunch from 9 til 2 pm. I'll be playing the fiddle even in the 100 degree heat! Talk about hot fiddlin!

My Catalogue - July 11, 2015

Check out my cataloguge! Almost all of the songs from my several CDs are there. My music is available for download through CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and you can see my videos on Youtube.
Some of my own favorites are still, Minor Swing, Trippin Bill's Blarney, Achilles Jig, Judi's Waltz, The Devil's Reels, The Ashgrove (with the harp) and more. Thank you!
https://www.youtube.com/user/fiddlebill1/videos

Mt Magazine in AR! - June 26, 2015

Playing the fiddle and jazz violin at The Lodge on Mt Magazine from 6 to 8pm. July 9th and the 23rd. The views are fabulously beautiful up there. Come and bring friends! From Mt Magazine you can see mountains in Oklahoma.

Irish Fiddle Music - May 28, 2015

I teach the playing of the Irish tradition of fiddling - jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, slipjigs and more - in Little Rock and Russellville, AR. I also teach advancing violin and viola students. After studying with me, you will know a lot more about these traditions. Please contact me here or ( bill.masterofmusic@gmail.com ) for further information.   Thanks!

May - May 1, 2015

One of THE best months of the year. Enjoy yourselves!

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