The Bow Tanglers are an old-time fiddle duo based out of central Arkansas.
Everett and Emily Elam perform Ozark and Appalachian music around the state, and accompany tunes with historical anecdotes. Both Emily and Everett hold state championship titles and above all, love to share and teach music.

Emily is a native of Mountain View, Arkansas who started playing fiddle at the age of nine and picked up the banjo a few years later. She is the fiddler for The Lazy Goat String Band, an old-time band based out of Mountain View. Emily plays a variety of old-time and Celtic styles with Everett in a duo known as the Bow Tanglers. When she is not studying or playing music, she enjoys knitting, photography, and the outdoors.

Everett is from Benton, Arkansas and started playing violin when he was ten. After meeting Emily in the fall of 2014, he began playing old-time fiddle and won the Arkansas State Old Time Fiddle Championship in 2016. Everett recently produced an audio documentary detailing his experience in Spain as a student with a disability. When he isn’t teaching Braille or playing fiddle, Everett enjoys coffee, Spanish, and trail running.

Interested in fiddle or banjo lessons? Visit oldtimelessons.com!

Awards and Recognition

2017 Arkansas State Old-Time Banjo Championship, Open Division

3rd Place: Emily Elam

2017 Arkansas State Old-Time Fiddle Championship, Open Division

2nd Place: Emily Elam

2016 Arkansas State Old-Time Fiddle Championship, Open Division
1st Place: Everett Elam

2015 Arkansas State Old-Time Fiddle Championship, Open Division
1st Place: Emily Phillips
2nd Place: Everett Elam

2015 Arkansas State Old-Time Banjo Championship, Open Division
1st Place: Emily Phillips

2014 Arkansas State Old-Time Fiddle Championship, Open Division
1st Place: Emily Phillips

2011 Performer of the Year, Ozark Folk Center State Park, Emily Phillips