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TEXAS FOLKLIFE’S DECEMBER HOUSE CONCERT: Valerie Ryals and Texas Style Fiddling!



Sheree Scarborough

(512) 922-5483,


TEXAS FOLKLIFE’S DECEMBER HOUSE CONCERT: Valerie Ryals and Texas Style Fiddling!


Monthly Roots Music in an Intimate Setting


Austin, Texas – December 5, 2016 – Texas Folklife’s intimate music series featuring roots music and emphasizing the non-profit’s mission to present the state’s traditional arts and culture has been announced for December. The concert will be held on Wednesday, December 14, at the Texas Folklife House—1708 Houston Street, Austin, Texas—from 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

Master fiddler Valerie Ryals will perform a variety of Texas-style fiddle tunes and Western Swing in this last House Concert of the year. Ryals holds the distinction of being the only woman fiddler inducted into the Texas Fiddlers Hall of Fame (2009), and she was the first woman to serve on the board of the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association. Ryals began playing the fiddle as a child after she found her mother’s fiddle under the bed, and was taught to play by her grandfather. Ryals owns a music school in Burleson, Texas, Valerie’s Music Studio, where she passes on her love for the fiddle to the next generation. Ryals was also a participating Master Artist in Texas Folklife’s Apprenticeship Program in 2016. In addition, along with her daughter Julie Morris, who is an accomplished musician as well, she is helping to create sheet music for many of the fiddle tunes she and many other fiddlers learned by ear. 

The House Concert will be an intimate experience. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased at: month Texas Folklife members get in free! To become a member or renew your membership, go to: Tickets for non-members are $10. Proceeds will benefit the artists and Texas Folklife’s statewide public programs. Beer and and wine will be available for a donation.


“Please join us for this concert featuring music that is close to our hearts here at Texas Folklife—Texas fiddling,” says Executive Director Charlie Lockwood. “Valerie Ryals is a master musician, pioneering female fiddler, and a true cultural treasure of our state. I’m really glad we were able to close out our 2016 House Concert season with Valerie’s show. As a gift to our members, the show is free! If you aren’t yet a member, please join our community and support our mission to celebrate our state’s rich diversity of folk and traditional arts.”


Parking for the event is available in Texas Folklife's gravel driveway, on the street immediately in front of the building, and Asterra Properties (located next door). Overflow parking is available at Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Rd). Please use the spaces in the back or on the South side of the Recycled Reads building.


Texas Folklife’s House Concert Series is supported in part by the members and Board of Texas Folklife, the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Sun Radio.


About Texas Folklife

Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. For over 30 years, Texas Folklife has honored the cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences.


1708 Houston St.

Austin, Texas 78756

(512) 441-9255

(844) 386-2091


Media information: Sheree Scarborough (512) 922-5483 /