Bluegrass Cello Workshop with Dave and Sharon (The Littlest Birds)

  • November 17, 2013 · 1:30 PM
  • Hosted by Mueo Arts at Church of the Redeemer

Cellist, Dave Huebner ( leads this workshop with backup from his musical partner, Sharon Martinson (banjo), on applying your classical training to alternative cello playing techniques for playing in smaller ensembles and playing by ear. The duo performs its old time folk music as "The Littlest Birds" ( This workshop will be interactive, so bring your cello. Bluegrass style will be the focus. 

UPDATE: The focus of the workshop will be on rhythm and melody lines in bluegrass music. We will be working on easy 3-chord songs that allow the opportunity to discuss and work on double stops, bowing patterns and rhythmic additions. One of the songs will be "Lost in this Canyon" written by Dave Huebner. You can hear a version by him and Sharon on YouTube here: He suggests you listen to this a few times so it will sound familiar at the workshop (and make it easier for us to work on our techniques). If you have a friend who plays bluegrass guitar, banjo, bass or mandolin, please invite them to attend this workshop. They can RSVP on our meetup site that does not require membership to the Atlanta Cello Project: tell them to go to For ACP members, RSVP early (by Friday, November 15, 2013) for $20.00. After that, $25 at the door. 

Dave and Sharon will be bringing copies of their CD's for purchase. 

MORE ABOUT THE LITTLEST BIRDS What began as two friends sitting down to play some music together has turned into a beautiful (and busy) musical endeavor. The warm interplay of clawhammer banjo and bowed cello, the easy blend of voices, and the inspiring original music have been thrilling audiences around the United States. 2013 has seen them step up their touring and festival appearances with five festivals, and months of steady gigging around the United States including the prestigious Vancouver Folk Music Festival in British Columbia, Canada, where they literally shared the stage with well known roots artists Elephant Revival, Pharis and Jason Romero, and Whitehorse, and were selected to perform a tweener on the main stage. They also performed at the Oregon Country Fair, Mateel Summer Arts Festival, San Francisco Free Folk Festival, and Beartrap Summer Festival. 

WHAT INSPIRED THIS WORKSHOP: [From a member of the Atlanta Cello Project} "My husband and I decided to learn instruments after having a difficult year. I picked the cello, and he picked the banjo. We thought, wouldn’t that be funny if a cello and a banjo played together? So I Googled it, cause you can Google anything. Right away, The Littlest Birds came up. We instantly loved their folk/bluegrass sound. I wrote them and told them we were learning the same instruments. They are from California, and to that point, had only played out West. The next thing I knew, they planned a trip to our side of the US to tour and meet their new fans! We sat around and jammed together for hours. I was amazed the variety of music the cello can play. I love playing stuff that isn’t traditional. This workshop is sure to be a blast! The Littlest Birds are so fun and down to earth. They just love playing for people, and it shows."

SEE THEM PERFORM: Littlest Birds will be performing at the Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: Event Details AT

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  • Lynnea S.

    What experience level is the minimum you recommend?

    October 3, 2013

    • Lynnea S.

      Cello, but have only been playing for just over a year.

      October 4, 2013

    • Lynnea S.

      My good friend is wanting to start taking banjo lessons after a very long break, so if nothing else, I was wondering if we could come, pay, and just audit the event.

      October 4, 2013

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