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Sounding sweet on Cherry Street

Doc Howard's Fiddle Band plays at the Cherry Street Artisan and around Columbia
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 | 5:38 p.m. CDT; updated 1:03 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008
Howard Marshall, left, plays the fiddle during Doc Howard's Fiddle Band's midday performance at the Cherry Street Artisan on Wednesday in Columbia. Marshall, along with Ron Ray and Kathy Gordon, has regularly played at the Artisan since it opened five years ago. The group plays other engagements in mid-Missouri, including the upcoming Art in the Park.

Howard Marshall, left, and Kathy Gordon, center, watch Ron Ray start off a song during a midday performance at the Cherry Street Artisan, while Tim Walker, a Missouri graduate student, studies. Marshall grew up around fiddle music and enjoys the social element of playing. "Some music is hard to approach; it keeps its arms crossed," Howard said. "Old-time fiddle music has its arms wide open, saying 'Come on and play.'" The group, called Doc Howard's Fiddle Band, plays frequently at the Artisan, along with other engagements in mid-Missouri, including the upcoming Art in the Park.

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