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Miss Megan
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  • Miss Megan , Professor

    Instrument
    Mandolin
    Genre
    Early Country, Traditional Bluegrass
    Strings
    A260 Bobby Osborne Signature

    To say that Miss Megan got an early start in music is no exaggeration—she attended her first bluegrass festival at Renfro Valley, Kentucky at the age of 4 months. By age 5, she was playing the fiddle. If anyone was surprised by this, it certainly wasn’t her parents, Dusty and Elaine Murphy, both of whom play stringed instruments and come from musically inclined families. By the time she was a teenager, Miss Megan had developed a passion for the mandolin, an instrument she continues to favor today. An avid performer, she has shared the stage with many pioneers and legends of bluegrass, including Ralph Stanley, Earl Scruggs, Bobby Osborne, Ronnie Reno, Melvin Goins, and The Lewis Family. If you ask her about the most important thing she’s gained from touring and performing at festivals for the last 20 years, she’ll quickly tell you it’s understanding the significance of preserving the bluegrass culture. Miss Megan is grateful to have the support of her husband and two daughters, all of whom enjoy camping and attending festivals as much as she does. You are likely to catch this mandolin pickin’ momma performing at venues such as The Grey Fox Festival, IBMA, Bean Blossom, Indiana, SamJam, SPBGMA, Jerusalem Ridge, the WV Wheeling Jamboree, and Poppy Mountain festivals. You are certain to catch her working with Dwight Dillman and Sarah Wasson instructing the youth bluegrass boot camp held each year at Bean Blossom, Indiana. In her free time, Miss Megan enjoys teaching private lessons and educating young and old alike about the importance of caring for instruments.

    Miss Megan first lent her talents to academia in 2010 when she took the reins of the Bluegrass Music Degree Program as its director at Glenville State College, West Virginia. Under her guidance, students are immersed in traditional and roots music; placed in recording, engineering, and internships; provided opportunities to join Hospice Bedside Singing; asked to play for RFD TV and showcases; and invited to tour. The program has been recognized at the Grand Ole Opry, the World Famous Station Inn, and, on several occasions, WSM Radio. In 2011 and 2016, students in the program recorded at Tom T. and Miss Dixie’s, and Rickey Wasson’s state of the art studios.

    In 2017, Miss Megan collaborated with the program’s founder, Buddy Griffin, to record a fund raising album. All proceeds from the album benefit students of the bluegrass program. In 2018, she plans to continue to travel and perform with her parents, students, and mentor, Buddy Griffin. She is especially excited about her recent endorsement by GHS Strings and is honored to be working with them!!

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