I've posted this next one before...it'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.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, November 22, 2008
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
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
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
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Thursday, August 16, 2007
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."