Jason Moody is a seventeen-year-old violinist hailing from Dover, Idaho (approx. pop. 500). As a very young child, he attended a symphony orchestra concert at the Festival at Sandpoint (Idaho), where he pointed to the concertmaster and told his parents he wanted to do that. He started violin lessons and gave his first solo performance at age five. He now studies with the concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony and was named the concertmaster of the 1999 All-Northwest Orchestra. He is a member of the Spokane Youth Orchestra string quartet and, under the direction of Gunther Schuller, he was a soloist with the Spokane Symphony at the 1998 Festival at Sandpoint, where his interest in the violin first began.
The Virtual Consort is an acoustic, eclectic trio led by archguitar player Peter Blanchette. Blanchette is from Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts (pop. 1,996); Charlie Schneeweis (trumpet) is from Marlboro, Vermont (pop. 625); and Jean Chaine (bass) is from Whitingham, Vermont (approx. pop. 1,000). Blanchette is a builder of instruments and the inventor of the "archguitar," an 11-string instrument that combines elements of the lute and the guitar. The Virtual consort won the ocntest with their performance of John Dowland's "The Frog Galliard."
Kirkmount is a Celtic trio of teenage brothers: Alex, Sam, and Simeon Bigney, who live in Woodland Hills, Utah (pop. 900). Alex plays the harp, Sam the fiddle, and Simeon the cello. It's a Bigney family tradition to play music: their forefathers performed Celtic music in the hills of Nova Scotia, in the all-but-forgotten village of Kirkmount.
Emily Shackelton was 10 years old and a fourth grader from Biwabik, Minnesota (pop. 1070) when she won the T-TUTT title in 1996 for her rendition of "Colors of the Wind" from the Disney movie, Pocahontas.

Yodeler Janet Sorenson farms with her husband near Fisher, Minnesota (pop. 413) and is an organist, piano teacher, and choir director. In April of 1995, Sorenson's expert yodeling made her A Prairie Home Companion's first-ever "Talent from Towns Under 2,000" champion.

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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