"This music goes around and around and it
never ends. It's not for listening to, its for getting lost in." - old Scottish fiddler
The Road North Fraser's
Scottish fiddle style is very accessible to classical musicians' ears:
great tone, pitch, and phrasing. There are some lovely pieces and
arrangements on this recording, which is a fine introduction to this
highly polished form of Celtic-New Age fiddling. Sonia Gaia-Narada
Mark O'Connor: Heroes Features
the incredibly inventive playing of this modern Nashville legend
together with 13 of his fiddle heroes. Guests range from Jean-Luc
Ponty to Charlie Daniels, Stephan Grappelli, Pinchas Zuckerman,
and Indian virtusoso, L. Shankar. This recording is a great introduction
to a wide range of fiddling styles, all performed masterfully. Available
on Warner Brothers Records.
Catalogs & Magazines Night Heron Music
267 Center Road,
Hillsborough, NH 03244 ... USA
1-800-785-9678 Carries all of Steve Schuch's recordings, sheet
music, articles for educators, and information on his performances
PO Box 306, Voorheesville, NY 12186
Carries Fiddlecase Books, recordings, sheet music, and instructional
Box 694, Woodstock, NY 12498.
A great source for instructional books, recordings, video tapes,
etc. Artist/instructors include Kevin Burke, Mark O'Connor, Julie
Lieberman, and many more. Styles include Celtic, Country, Blues,
Improvisational Jazz, and more.
PO Box 5253, Bethlehem, PA 18015
A quarterly magazine covering the folk/acoustic music scene. While
the emphasis is on songs, each issue includes instrumental "Teach-ins"
along with printed tunes, feature articles, reviews, upcoming folk
festivals, instructional music camps and dance camps, etc. The Bethlehem
office is also home to the Resource Center, a gold mine of hard-to-find
PO Box 767, San Anselmo, CA 94979-9938
Covers the classical and fiddle/avant garde strings scene. Includes
interviews with performers, reviews of new recordings, instrument
makers, and written out music by featured artists.
Sheet Music Fiddle Tunes
(English, Welsh, Scottish & Irish), edited by Robin Williamson.
A fine sampling of tunes from the British Isles with informative (and
often humorous) background notes. Oak Publications.
The Penny Whistle Book Edited
by Robin Williamson.
Similar to above. Tunes tend to be even prettier and more lyrical,
easily adapted to violin or any treble cleff instrument. Oak Publications.
The Fiddler's Fakebook Edited
by David Brody. Billed as the ultimate sourcebook for nearly 500
jigs, rags, hornpipes and breakdowns from the major fiddling traditions.
Fiddlecase Books Andy's
A series of compact tunebooks that include many of the tunes used
at traditional Irish sessions and contra dances throughout New England.
Available from Andy's Front Hall (see catalog listing).
Night Heron Music
Sheet music to most of Steve Schuch's recorded pieces (see catalog
Organizations Country Dance & Song Society of America: CDSSA,
17 New South St., Northhampton, MA 01060. A one stop source for
traditional dance, session, and festival information.
... Join or start a session group, or sit in
on some contra dance sets. Playing with other musicians and learning
by ear are time honored ingredients of traditional music. If joining
in with an existing group, find out if there are certain times they
especially encourage guest players to join them.
... Since a lot of fiddle music and traditional music
is based in folk dancing, go to some dances to dance... The more
the music is in your body, not just your ear, the deeper your understanding
... If you're taping or performing a tune from another
player, ask permission first (and give source credit) of the player
from whom it was learned.
If you'd like a performance or workshop in your
area, or have updates for this handout (or a tune to share), please
call or write me.
Good luck, and Play it by Ear!
Heron Music 72 Meeting Hill Road, Hillsborough, NH 03244 USA
ph (603) 464-4321 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org