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Books about American Fiddlers

by Stacy Phillips The past few years have seen a relative bonanza in fiddle-oriented nonfiction in print. Check out the previous review article I wrote for the October 2004 edition of Fiddle Sessions. Here is a rundown of nine of my favorites that are not mainly music transcriptions or instruction. “Fiddler of the Opry – [...]

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Musings on the Evolution of Jazz Violin:  Part One

by Anthony Barnett  SP: Comment on the evolving position of violin in the ragtime, early, swing, bebop and current eras of jazz.   AB: First, let me say I am not the knowledgeable person about ragtime and, say, early string bands. Document CD’s (http://www.document-records.com/index.asp) are a good source of, if not always accurate information, at least [...]

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Don Messer: King of the Ottawa Valley Fiddlers

by Tim Woodbridge May 9th was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Don Messer (1909-1973), the great Canadian fiddler and cultural icon. Measured by popularity, influence and long running success on radio, recordings, and television, Don Messer was arguably the most important Canadian fiddler of his generation, if not the 20th century. His instantly [...]

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Fiddling From Northern Transylvania – A Tune From Maramures

by Miamon Miller    Romanian Transylvania has many sub-regions each with its unique folkloric flavor and traditions and the northern county of Maramureş is no exception. Indeed, each valley can be said to have distinct characteristics.    While most Transylvanian folk bands rely on bowed strings for both melody and accompaniment, Maramureş musicians have gone down a [...]

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Welcome to the February-March issue of Fiddle Sessions®!

This issue of Fiddle Sessions is blessed with articles by three extremely knowledgeable writers. Tim Woodbridge, New England fiddle maven and popular fiddle contest judge, contributes the first of what I hope are many articles about his neck of the woods. Tim celebrates the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Don Messer.  [...]