For some time now I’ve been working on learning fiddle. I have to say that compared to other instruments I mess with, it’s difficult. Early on I decided I would try to learn this instrument by ear, and dispense completely with written notation. This I… Read More
I’ve been learning to play fiddle on an instrument which was given to my big brother (the trout), Salvelinas Fontinalis, by our grandfather, when Salvelinas was a boy. After a bad experience with a nasty teacher, my brother packed away the fiddle (he may have… Read More
A daily highlight for me so far in 2019 has been checking out Patti Kusturok’s 365 days of fiddle tunes. What a generous effort by one of our greatest fiddle players. Here she is with Day 35, Grey Owl by John Arcand. If you haven’t… Read More
Canadian fiddle great Patti Kusturok has embarked on another 365 days of fiddle tunes on YouTube! She did this previously in 2015. I’m really looking forward to a daily dose of Patti and her friends playing so many different tunes. Here are the first two.… Read More
For those in need of a fiddle tune, right now. Here’s Patti Kusturok from her 365 days of fiddle tunes video series. This is number 356.
Earlier I posted Mac Beattie’s Log Driver’s Song. Reg Hill played fiddle in Beattie’s Ottawa Valley Melodiers. Here he is doing a piece with a title on the same theme, The Timber Raft Jig.
More Canadian fiddle music. I came across this gem tonight on YouTube. It’s Gordon Stobbe with Calvin Vollrath performing the Stompin’ Tom song Gumboot Cloggeroo. For those viewers who aren’t from around Canada and maybe don’t know Stompin’ Tom Conners from a hole in the… Read More
Here’s another Canadian fiddle tune. I stumbled across this one on the YouTube while listening to some Mac Beattie and his Ottawa Valley Melodiers material. This is called Earl Mitton’s Breakdown from an album called Down East Fiddle Favourites by Earl Mitton and the Valley… Read More
Another Canadian fiddle great, Andy DeJarlis, performing The Surveyor’s Reel.
Here’s more Canadian fiddle music. This is Mac Beattie and his Ottawa Valley Melodiers, featuring Reg Hill on fiddle performing the Pembroke Centennial Breakdown.