Our People

One of our shop regulars recently said, “People like Acoustic Corner because you guys know what you’re doing and enjoy what you’re doing.”  We appreciate the complement and make it our goal to live up to it every day when we open the doors for business. Each one of us brings to the job our love of music, of well-made musical instruments and our commitment to support the musicians and music communities that feel the same. On any given day, you might encounter one or more of the following folks at Acoustic Corner.

Staff

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                             Joe Friddle 
   - Owner 
   - Caster of Visions 
   - Payer of Bills & Sweeper of Floors
 
 
 
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         David Zoll
-Showroom Manager
-Translator of Northern Dialects
-All Around Bon Vivant
 
 
 
 
 
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                        Paul Leech 
- Showroom / Customer Care 
- Violin Detailer
- Pierogi Aficionado
 
 
 
 
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             Mark Burin
- Instrument Repair
- Carhart Model
 

 

  Instructors

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David Zoll

     David hails from a family heavily steeped in barbershop and doo-wop harmonies as well as folk and classic country. He plays an eclectic blend of rock, blues, jazz, and country on acoustic and electric guitars as well as excelling in fingerstyle, composition and improvisation. You can see him performing locally with The David Zoll Quartet, zydeco outfit Bayou Diesel and the americana duo The Everydays.

 
 
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Laurie Fisher

     Laurie is a contradance caller and multi-instrumentalist. She plays fiddle music from the contra, old- time, Irish, and Scottish repertoire and is a 2nd violinist in the Blue Ridge Civic Orchestra, St. Mathias Chamber Orchestra and Jubilee Summer Orchestra. She performs vocally and instrumentally in several genre-based ensembles including, Asheville Celticana, Carolina Ceil, Blue Heaven, Red Hot Sugar Babies, and Screechowl Serenade. She teaches fiddle, clawhammer banjo and beginning penny whistle, bodhran, guitar and mandolin.

 

 

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Matt Kinne

     Matt studied jazz and classical guitar in college while earning his degree in anthropology. He’s been playing the guitar for over twenty years, and has been a guitar instructor for fifteen. An accomplished performer Matt is an amazingly versatile musician, moving seamlessly between folk, jazz, classical, Celtic, and rock and roll. He plays regularly in several venues in the Asheville area, often in a Rush cover band.

 

 

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Gary Mackey

     Gary has been a professional touring, recording , and performing musician since 1986. He has also been a violinist at Dollywood, toured and recorded with the Goose Creek Symphony, as well as playing on four Dolly Parton records. We are pleased to welcome this two-time Georgia state fiddling and mandolin champion to our instructor roster.  
 
 
 
 
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Bryan McDowell

     Bryan is the newest addition to the instructors at Acoustic Corner. Recently returned from touring with the Claire Lynch Band, Bryan moved from Florida to Canton, NC as a young child and, along with his sister Emma, became a student of legendary fiddler Arvil Freeman. Bryan went on to develop his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, competing and winning numerous awards along the way in South Carolina, Georgia and at NC's MerleFest. In 2009 he won first place in Guitar, Fiddle, and Mandolin at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS - an annual national level contest that has launched the careers of numerous top-tier musicians and recording artists. Even more important, Bryan is a gentle and generous person who excels at passing along his love and expertise in the music that is such an important part of his life.