Showing posts with label fiddle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fiddle. Show all posts

Friday, September 25, 2009


I've posted this next one's Dewey Balfa

I don't know exactly why it is, but I find fiddlesticks to be a really moving musical experience, like you're witnessing something from the distant past, something secret and special and exotic.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bayou PonPon

The Basin Brothers

Danny Poulard
The beginning 20 seconds has a technical problem, but bear with it. This is some excellent playing

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Do you remember Don Messer and his Islanders?

I was 13 when Don Messer died. I can remember seeing him on television. Years later, I came across an old record with some tunes by Mr. Messer and his Islanders. I really enjoyed the arrangements and the spirit of his music. Here's a short vignette about Don Messer. Here's a lovely version of The Saint Anne's Reel, complete with step dancing. Terrific! This next piece features Charlie Chamberlain

Finally, here's Stompin Tom's tribute to Don Messer.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

and here's a different flavour of fiddle....

...this time with fiddlesticks.

Jerry Hollands, Jr and Sr

Cape Breton fiddle music makes me feel good.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Cedric Watson

Put your dancing shoes on...

Cedric Watson released his first solo CD last year, called Cedric Watson. He has done a remarkable job of taking traditional Louisiana Creole and Zydeco music and making it sound fresh and new. Mr. Watson is accomplished on both fiddle and accordion,and he is an excellent song-writer as well. Highly recommended.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Salty Dog

and here's more from the Carolina Chocolate Drops....these guys really turn my crank
This one is the Memphis Shakedown...

old rattler...

cornbread and butterbeans....

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Diggy Liggy Lo

The Moonshine Playboys

Doug Kershaw

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Maple Sugar

Ward Allen's Maple Sugar is so perfect, is has been known to bring tears to my eyes. This is a lovely tribute.

More samples.

This is the way they play the fiddle in the Valley - Ottawa, that is.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dewey Balfa Cajun Fiddle

I'm sticking with the fiddle theme just a bit longer. Thanks for bearing with me. I found this lovely piece about Cajun fiddle great Dewey Balfa on YouTube. It's from a British TV show from the 80's.
Here is a site featuring some quotes by Dewey Balfa. And here's a short bio. The quote I like best is: "I refuse to be just another American plastic card with a number on it."

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Fiddle - Ottawa Valley or Cape Breton?

The Old Box Stove - a Ward Allen Ottawa Valley fiddle tune:

And on to Cape Breton Island and a video about fiddler Mike MacDougall.