A lot of the tunes we play in old time music are in fact really, really old – but not all of them. There have been many great tunes written over the past 50 years which have become standards for old time players. I met… Read More
Down at the Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival in Virginia, I was visiting at my new friend George’s campsite, when Patrick “Mac” McCauley and Barbara “Annie” Stevens stopped by. I really enjoyed hanging out, making friends, and jamming with these talented musicians. It was… Read More
When I was down in Virginia I heard a lot of fiddle music and it has inspired me to listen to more and more, work on my own beginner-level fiddling and of course learn more fiddle tunes on banjo too. Recently I’ve posted some songs… Read More
I’ve got this one on the brain…..so now you will too. The McGarrigles performing the Wade Hemsworth’s classic on that fantastic NFB Canada Vignette.
Here’s a tune by Reg Hill from his recording Ottawa Valley Hoedown. It’s called the Buck Fever Rag. Reg Hill was also well known as the fiddle player for Mac Beattie’s Ottawa Valley Melodiers. This is a great tune. I hope you enjoy it as… Read More
The river is the Scioto River in Ohio, but the source for the tune is apparently Burl Hammons from West Virginia. I’ve just learned from a banjo player in Ohio that the river is spelled Scioto and pronounced Sciota, but the tune is pronounced Scioty. … Read More
Take a trip with me down Route 15 with one of Manitoba’s many great fiddle players, Reg Bouvette.
I know this tune as a French Canadian reel, but I think it’s also played in Scotland as The Grand Chain. I don’t now who had it first. I learned it at Midwest Banjo Camp from Cathy Barton Para. It’s curious that a guy from… Read More
Jim Magill was born in Northern Ireland in 1902 and passed in Toronto in 1954. He was a radio fiddler on Toronto’s CFRB between 11946 and 1954. He also played for square dances in Toronto with the Northern Ramblers. Here’s the Calgary Breakdown. And finally,… Read More
John Arcand on fiddle…