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Welcome to the February-March 2011 issue of Fiddle Sessions®!

The first issue of 2011 welcomes back Tim Woodbridge with the fourth segment of his musical biography of Don Messer, continued from the August 2010 issue of Fiddle Sessions. Tim features Messer’s recording of High Level Hornpipe.  In conjunction with that I present a transcription of that piece mostly from the playing of the legendary [...]

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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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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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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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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 [...]