With decades of performing and recording experience as a string band banjo, guitar and ukulele player, Terri McMurray is a sought-after teacher of the traditional music of the Blue Ridge region.
Music drew her from Wisconsin to the southern Appalachian mountains in 1982, when she came to study banjo with Tommy Jarrell of Surry County, North Carolina. She studied banjo intensively with Jarrell, and played with many other great banjoists including Dix Freeman, Fields Ward, Earnest East, Benton Flippen, Matokie Slaughter, and Kyle Creed. She won the 1982 banjo prize at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia.
Terri co-founded the Old Hollow String Band with Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin. She performed for 25 years with the Toast String Stretchers. More recently, she has played in duos and string bands with Paul Brown, including the Mostly Mountain Boys and the Mountain Birch Duo.
As a teacher, Terri is well loved for her engaging manner, patience, and ability to work with students of all ages and abilities. She has taught at camps including the Swannanoa Gathering, Pinewoods, Bluff Country Gathering, Ashokan, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, the FOATMAD old time music weekend in England, Banjo Camp North, Midwest Banjo Camp, American Banjo Camp, and Suwannee Banjo Camp.
Terri is available to teach banjo, guitar, and ukulele, and for duo and string band performances.