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Violins escape Holocaust

‘Violins of Hope’ escaped the Holocaust

The Bielski Violin – made in Germany around 1870, was featured in one of dozens of Violins of Hope events

Why do so many Jews play the violin? Because, according to one old explanation, when the time came to flee, you could always run with a violin.

Indeed, some Jewish fiddlers fleeing persecution in Europe and the Russian Empire managed to escape. But multitudes were caught, especially during the Holocaust.

That’s the tragic yet ultimately inspiring origin of Violins of Hope, a collection of stringed instruments that survived the Shoah, though their former owners did not.

Read more on this remarkable and emotional event here…

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Female fiddler nominated for CMA Musician of the Year

Female fiddler nominated for CMA Musician of the Year

Female fiddler nominated for CMA Musician of the Year

Blake Shelton’s Fiddle player Jenee Fleenor has became the first woman ever to be nominated for Musician of the Year. at the 2019 Country Music Awards in the USA.

For 10 of the last 11 years, the award has gone to revered guitarist Mac McAnally., but this year Jenee has a chance to break in to this All Boys Club. She’s nominated alongside McAnally, Ilya Toshinsky, Paul Franklin and Derek Wells.

“I just broke down in tears,” she told The Tennessean. “It’s been a dream of mine since I knew what the CMAs were, to be named with all of my peers and heroes.”

Read full stories:

https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/08/28/cma-awards-2019-jenee-fleenor-musician-year-blake-shelton-fiddle-player/2140469001/