I came across this wonderful little film about Newfoundland fiddle great Rufus Guinchard on the NFLD Archive YouTube channel. I don’t know too much about Newfoundland fiddle music (yet). I have long associated Newfoundland with button accordions. Let me tell you a story. A number… Read More
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Rufus Guinchard on fiddle
I’ve been learning a little bit about the late great Newfoundland fiddler, Rufus Guinchard, and came across this old clip featuring Mr. Guinchard, at 90 years, still sawing out the tunes. Check out the unusual way Rufus Guinchard held his fiddle when he played.
It’s polka time. Here are Tim and Margie Rued. I’ve been enjoying their YouTube channel very much lately.
10 Canadian Fiddle Styles
I stumbled into this fantastic video showcasing 10 Canadian fiddle styles in one video. The fiddler is Michael Burnyeat. When I grow up, I hope to be able to play just one of them reasonably well.
What’s in a name?
Early on when I started playing clawhammer banjo, I learned a fab “D” tune called Spotted Pony. It was a catchy tune with a fun ascending passage that defines the tune. In fact, my buddy Ted and I regularly play it today. When I went… Read More
Fab Métis Dancers
I could watch these fab Métis dancers all day. On piano is Patti Kusturok, one of top fiddlers around, and on fiddle is Morgan Grace, a wonderful teen-aged lefty fiddler to watch for, and her dad on guitar. The dancers are Arnold Asham and the… Read More
Old Tyme Fiddler’s Dream
I’m sure I’ve share this one once upon a time in this space, but I love it so much, I want to share it again. This is Mac Beattie and his Ottawa Valley Melodiers featuring Reg Hill on fiddle.
I mentioned the Wabash Cannonball in my post about tune names. Here’s Benny Martin tearing it up, accompanied by John Hartford on banjo. Just wow!
Buck Fever Rag
Buck Fever Rag was written by the late great Reg Hill. Mr. Hill was the fiddler in Mac Beattie’s Ottawa Valley Melodiers, but he also had several great solo recordings. I’d bet dollars to donuts the scrub-board player on the Reg Hill cut is Mac… Read More