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About the video
Mike Marshall and Chris Thile playing the traditional "Fisher's Hornpipe" from
their record "Into the Cauldron." This is a clip from Mike Marshall & Chris Thile's
set on the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.
About the artist
Mike Marshall is one of the most innovative players of new instrumental music.
Initially rooted in bluegrass, Marshall has consistently explored all the
possibilities of his stringed instruments. During the five years (1985-1990) that
he was a member of David Grisman's influential Quintet, Marshall toured with
Stephane Grappelli, Mark O'Connor, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas and
fellow Grisman band member Darol Anger. Following his departure from
Grisman's group, Marshall continued to work with fiddler Anger as a duo and,
along with pianist Barbara Higbie and bassist Michael Manring, in a folk/chamber
music group, Montreux. Marshall and Anger also collaborated, along with bassist
Todd Phillips, banjo player Tony Trischka and guitarist David Grier, in a
bluegrass/jazz/classical/folk group, Psychograss. Marshall currently leads the
Modern Mandolin Quartet and plays Brazilian music with Choro Famoso.
Marshall also periodically collaborates with Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas, Mark
O'Connor and Sam Bush in a bluegrass superband, Strength By Numbers.
Marshall has produced numerous albums including recordings by Laurie Lewis,
Alison Brown, Jennifer Berezan and Tony Furtado.
A native of Pennsylvania, Marshall grew up in Lakeland, Florida. At the age of
18, he won the Florida state fiddle and mandolin championships. After
performing with the Sunshine Bluegrass Boys, Marshall relocated to the West
Coast. Soon after working with Grisman on the film score of The King of the
Gypsies in 1985, Marshall was invited to join Grisman's Quintet.
Marshall has recorded two solo albums — 1989's Gator Strut, which spotlighted
his jazz-meets-bluegrass approach, and 1997's Brasil: Duets, which focused on
the Brazilian influences on his music and featured duets with Edgar Meyer,
Michael Manring and Bela Fleck. In 2003, Marshall teamed up with mandolinist
Chris Thile to release Into the Cauldron, a fine record of duets between the two
exploring everything from classical and traditional music to conteporary numbers
written with each other.