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“Where Did You Come From, Where Did You Go?” The Split Personality of Cotton-Eyed Joe” (Part II)

by Howard Marshall              The version of Cotton Eyed Joe considered the older fiddle tune is sometimes associated with Appalachian and Southern fiddling due to its appearance in 1926 on a recording by Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers. The celebrated north Georgia string band recorded a series of seven 78 rpm records (fourteen sides) [...]

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Musings on the Evolution of Jazz Violin Part Four: Bop to Hop

  by Anthony Barnett  SP What do you think of the effect of pickups on jazz violin’s acceptance and whether it is a positive, negative or neutral trend? Any opinions on the     1. current crop of pickups?     2. acoustic vs. solid body instruments?     3. appearance of 5 string models? AB I am [...]

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Welcome to the August issue of Fiddle Sessions

Carl Rahkonen returns for a description of the violin related instruments of Scandanavia.  Then the Boswell of jazz violin, Anthony Barnett, begins by discussing the trend towards electric violin and then has some trenchant opinions about other recent currents in jazz fiddling. Professor Emeritus Howard Marshall continues to explore the nexus of fiddle tunes called [...]

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Scandinavian Fiddling and Related Instruments

by Carl Rahkonen The first time someone hears Scandinavian fiddling they may be struck by its unique sound, which can be as beautiful and austere as the Scandinavian landscape.  Together with incredible rhythmic complexity, this music can sound as exotic as any music on the earth.  It is a sound that can be particularly addicting! [...]

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Big John McNeill transcription

arranged by Stacy Phillips As an accompaniment to Tim Woodbridge’s latest installment of his series about Canada’s Don Messer, here is a generalized version of the tune using its current title, Big John McNeil. This version is taken from my 750 tune compendium, The Phillips Collection of Traditional American Fiddle Tunes – Hoedowns, Breakdowns and [...]

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By Tim Woodbridge 1939 found Don Messer in something of a quandary.  Despite the successes chronicled in Part 2 and continuing, it must have seemed that he was constantly required to justify himself to distant CBC executives. In 1936 the network had reduced the proportion of musical programming from 70% to 50%.  In 1938, following [...]