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[Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
Benny Thomasson and the Texas Fiddling Tradition: Part Two

by Michael Mendelson Reprinted from: JEMF Quarterly Volume 10, Part 3 (Autumn 1974) #35 As Charles Faurot notes, in Texas, “Almost any reason will serve as an excuse for a fiddle contest…” whether it be a rodeo, anniversary of a town founding, St. Patrick’s Day or a “Yamboree”— a yam harvest festival .14 As these [...]

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[Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – Solo #1 Stacy Phillips

by Stacy Phillips  (photo by Marcia Goodman) This first entry in The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project serves as an introduction and, so, is a bit different in scope to all other entries that follow.  It is taken from my “Complete Country Fiddler”, a book designed to teach violinists how to create solos in the [...]

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[Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Fiddle Sessions Jazz Violin Project: Go Tell Aunt Rhody – #2 Tim Kliphuis

By Tim Kliphuis My name is Tim Kliphuis, a jazz fiddler from Holland. My style is based on the playing of French jazz fiddler Stephane Grappelli, who in the 1930’s with his partner Django Reinhardt, founded the style of Hot Club Jazz, nowadays called Gypsy, or Manouche, Jazz. Here is my solo. (The numbers refer [...]

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[Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]
The High Level Hornpipe from Jehile Kirkhuff

 by Ed Berbaum  This is a good example of the “Classical” Old-Time Fiddle tune style as defined by the Old-Time Herald many years ago.  It is not at the speed of Bluegrass., Not the “Nashville” or modern Contest style Not the Blues, not “music of the 20ʼs”. It is a great melody, a beautiful melody [...]

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[Feb 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
Never Too Late: Part Three

Your Comments and My Responses By Lois Siegel Photo by Victor Turco Why does it not surprise me that so many people have decided to take up a fiddle or another instrument late in life….  some returning to the past, some starting something new… and it’s not just the Baby Boomers.    It seems that people [...]

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[Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

By Tim Woodbridge 1942 found Don Messer enjoying the benefits of his relocation to Charlottetown P.E.I.  As part of his arrangement with CFCY, Messer had gained a base of operations with office space and a studio at the station.  His band, the Islanders had become a tight, cohesive unit that proved extremely popular on radio [...]

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[Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
Benny Thomasson and the Texas Fiddling Tradition: Part One

by Michael Mendelson Reprinted from: JEMF Quarterly Volume 10, Part 3 (Autumn 1974) #35 In June, 1922, two men, one in full cowboy regalia, the other in Civil War uniform, came into the Victor Talking Machine recording studios in New York City seeking an audition.  Probably, as the story goes, just to get rid of [...]

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[Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
High Level Hornpipe

by Stacy Phillips In conjunction with Tim Woodbridge’s article, I present a transcription of the piece “High Level Hornpipe” mostly from the playing of the legendary Howard “Howdy” Forrester conflated with a bit (including those nasty Db notes) from Western style contest fiddler Jeff Guernsey.  Sections 3 and 4 are the ones that Woodbridge credits to Sid Plamador. The [...]

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[Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
The Cuckoo’s Nest

by Edward Berbaum Cuckoos Nest.mp3

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[Dec 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Never Too Late: Part Two

By Lois Siegel Recap: Celtic Slow Jam, Glebe Community Centre: The group sat in a circle and took turns selecting a tune. The person who chose the tune would start it at the speed he desired.  I tried to follow the music. They were playing much faster than I could ever imagine playing. It was [...]