Music School Tutor Bio's

Bryant & Brown

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This extraordinary foursome presents old-time music traditions of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and other southern U.S. states with depth and expertise reflecting long experience.

Mike and Marica Bryant of Tennessee have played for decades at home, at dances, fiddlers’ conventions and stage shows.  Mike is revered as a fiddler of style, strength and grace, with a repertoire spanning both well-known and obscure tunes. Marcia is widely respected for her super-solid guitar and bass backup.

Paul Brown & Terri McMurray make North Carolina their home, and they too have performed both locally and around the U.S. for many years. Paul is a respected banjo and fiddle player whose unique sound on both instruments attests to his own imagination and to his many years playing with senior musicians including Benton Flippen and Tommy Jarrell. Paul carries a family tradition of songs from his childhood, and he’s steadily added to his repertoire over the years. Terri is a prize winning banjo player and a fine singer who loves performing banjo-fiddle duets with her husband, Paul, and also sings fine lead and harmony.

These two couples, who love to make music together, bring you the real old-time music sound with an easy, down home friendliness in every performance.

Mike Bryant

Mike Bryant smlMike Bryant began playing fiddle over 40 years ago after hearing it as a dancer on a clogging team.  Along with his wife Marcia, he played for 20 years with the New Dixie Entertainers, winning numerous blue ribbons at competitions in the southeast including several first place awards at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia. Mike teaches fiddle in the Knoxville, Tennessee area and has taught at music camps around the southeast.

Marcia Bryant

Marcia Bryant smlMarcia Bryant began playing old-time bass over 40 years ago, and guitar about 30 years ago to accompany her husband, Mike. She’s respected for her solid backup skills on both instruments and her knowledge of Mike’s repertoire.




Paul Brown

Paul Brown smlPaul Brown started playing banjo as a child to accompany the old Virginia songs he’d been learning from his mother. He’s a multiple first place winner on banjo at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival, a senior fiddle winner, and was named a master artist there. Paul has devoted much of his life to documenting and learning from senior Appalachian musicians. He’s a former NPR journalist who now hosts the Across the Blue Ridge music and culture radio show. Learn more about Paul at his website.


Terri McMurray

Terri McMurray smlTerri McMurray started playing uke and guitar as a child. She was drawn by music to the southern Appalachian mountains in 1982. She looked and listened hard during her many years around some of the great master traditional musicians in North Carolina and southern Virginia, and it shows in her playing. Terri studied banjo intensively with the late Tommy Jarrell and other great Round Peak banjo players. Her uke playing is widely known for propelling any band. She co-founded the Old Hollow String Band with Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin, and has since performed with the Toast String Stretchers, the Mostly Mountain Boys and the Mountain Birch Duo with Paul Brown.