Junior Appalachian Musicians Instructors

Fritzie - Haywood County Arts Council

Fritzie S. Wise, JAM Program Coordinator

Fritzie S. Wise received the Bachelor of Music Education in 1982 from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina. Fritzie taught elementary, middle, and high school music for 30 years in the Haywood County School before retiring in 2013. Fritzie lives in Waynesville, North Carolina in the wonderful Smoky Mountains with her husband Tim and cat Leo. Fritzie is so pleased to be a part of the JAM program, as this type of music speaks to the heritage of our community and will teach the students a history that they may not get anywhere else.

Travis Stuart, Instructor

Travis Stuart began playing the banjo as a young teen in Haywood County, North Carolina. He is a respected banjo player and multi-instrumentalist known for his rich style and solid accompaniment. Travis has toured the U.S. and internationally with The Stuart Brothers , Dirk Powell Band, Riley Baugus, The Reeltime Travelers, Martha Scanlan and step dancer Ira Bernstein. Travis learned from old-time masters such Red Wilson, the Smathers Family, Snuffy Jenkins, and Byard Ray. He is dedicated to performing and teaching old-time music. A respected teacher, Travis has taught at music camps around the country and abroad. For the last 13 years he has led the JAM Junior Appalachian Musicians program in Haywood County, North Carolina. Travis has recordings with The Stuart Brothers and has performed on many recordings and films.

Cary Fridley, Instructor

Cary Fridley is an Appalachian singer, bassist, and innovative educator. Her style is rooted in tradition, and has evolved to embrace all styles of traditional country, blues, folk, and jazz. She is a published songwriter, recording artist, and bandleader, singing and performing in western North Carolina for over 15 years. She is currently a member of the Adjunct Fine Arts Faculty at AB-Tech in Asheville, NC, and teaches old-time guitar at two regional JAM (Junior Appalachian Musician) programs, Haywood County and Buncombe County. Check out Cary's website: https://caryfridleymusic.com/

Maddy Mullany, Instructor

Maddy Mullany has been playing and performing fiddle tunes since the age of 9. Growing up in New Mexico, she learned a repertoire from her parents (both fiddle players) and local musicians; however, since moving to Asheville in 2012, she has been exploring Western North Carolina fiddle tunes as well as Round Peak styles. Maddy now plays banjo, fiddle and guitar in various bands. Maddy studied Art with a minor in Traditional Music at Warren Wilson College. Since getting her degree, she has been on several music tours internationally, including a fusion project with a traditional band in rural China, and a tour playing for the Bailey Mountain Cloggers in Colombia. These tours culminated in recorded albums of Jenny and the Hog Drovers, and the Georgia Horseshoes. Maddy is excited to be joining the staff of the Haywood JAM program. She teaches tunes learned from source recordings, by ear, with a focus on rhythm and bowing patterns.

Helena Rose, Instructor

Helena is a touring banjo player, singer song-writer and environmentalist from Waynesville, North Carolina. Helena was a part of the JAM program when she was 8 years old, and it's what sparked her interest in the music of this region. Now her love for Appalachia grows stronger with each fiddle tune she learns, and each batch of sorghum syrup she makes at her family’s farm. Helena strives to combine her music and education to help spread and preserve the Appalachian traditions she loves so dearly. She is so excited to help teach banjo for the JAM program!

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