Category Archives: Youtube Picks – Fiddle
In the 1970s Craig Mishler spent some time in Old Crow and northern Alaska, and wrote a scholarly book documenting Gwich’in fiddle music and culture. It’s called The Crooked Stovepipe; Athapaskan Fiddle Music and Square Dancing in Northeast Alaska and … Continue reading
The Punch Brothers take traditional bluegrass instruments and play everything from classical music to contemporary rock. This tune is an old bluegrass number that they play in their own exceptional style. All of the band members take amazing solos in … Continue reading
A fiddler I know of back home once said that people often asked him if he was into Stephane Grappelli, to which he replied “I’m more a Stuff Smith guy.” Having never heard of Stuff Smith, I promptly looked him … Continue reading
I have no idea how I stumbled across Fiddlin’ Al Arsenault, but he’s a riot to watch perform. Aside from this old news clip, there’s also a good video of him playing the Black Mountain Rag.
The Pure Laine (Pure Wool) contest at the Pembroke Old Time Fiddling and Step Dancing Competition in Sept 2010, featuring April Verch, Shane Cook and Danny Perreault. Competitors must play tunes one after the other without losing the beat or … Continue reading
To inspire my fiddling friends in the Aurora Fiddle Society, I was sending out YouTube picks for a while – I’ve been falling a bit short lately, but I should get back into it. Anyway, they’re getting re-posted here for … Continue reading
Legendary Quebec fiddler Jean Carignon plays La Grande Fleur. Check out his percussive footwork and playing style. This is from Pete Seeger’s folk music television show, and is recorded at Jean’s home in 1957.
With three part fiddle and vocal harmonies, the Quebe Sisters play a western swing tune called “It’s a Sin.” Some fine traditional Texas fiddling by this group.
Appalachian Tommy Jarrell talks about why the old-time fiddlers put rattlesnake tails in their fiddles, and plays Drunkards Hick-ups and part of John Hardy.