Who's your favorite fiddler?

Edited: January 11, 2019, 8:35 PM · For those of you into traditional music:

1. Favorite fiddler
2. What do they play? (Celtic, Scotch, Cape Breton, Old Time, Bluegrass, etc)
3. Post a YouTube link of a performance you like

4. Wagon Wheel- Y or N? (jk- NO WAGON WHEEL)

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Edited: January 11, 2019, 10:58 PM · Oh, so many greats! How about we start with this one: Luther Strong, oldtime fiddler from Kentucky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0RYzzZ-nc4 (audio only, recorded by Lomax)
Edited: January 11, 2019, 11:05 PM · Nice! Thank you

Here's one my favorites, Rayna Gellert playing his version.


Edited: January 11, 2019, 11:11 PM · I love me some Rayna Gellert. Lately I've been listening to Brittany Haas.
Edited: January 12, 2019, 10:28 AM · Kevin Burke. Irish. Most subtle right hand there is, IMO. Here is a video of him playing in someone's kitchen, and he even loses his spot at one point, but whatever...
If you're up for something a little further afield, I think Kayhan Kalhor is another player with a devastating right hand. Persian classical music, but fiddling nonetheless...perhaps...
Edited: January 12, 2019, 4:49 AM · This is my fiddling inspiration video. I'm obsessed with this tune, and how Renee Doucet plays it! It's the Cape Breton style I believe.


January 12, 2019, 5:37 AM ·
January 12, 2019, 6:40 AM · I think that it would be interesting to hear a Michael Cleveland version of Paganini 16. ; )
January 12, 2019, 7:42 AM · Natalie MacMaster. Cape Breton. An amazing fiddler. Here she is playing Tulluchgorum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdc-oL6VjIc
January 12, 2019, 8:25 AM · James Kelly, a man steeped in Irish tradition.


January 12, 2019, 8:49 AM · I agree with Parker about MacMaster. I also like April Verch.
January 12, 2019, 10:05 AM · Martin Hayes: Irish
Bonnie Rideout, Alisdair Fraser, Ali Bain, Jenna Reid: Scots
Brittany Haas, Bruce Molsky: Americana
January 12, 2019, 10:07 AM · Great stuff, everyone, thank you!

Anne Hytta and Christian Borloug playing Hardanger fiddle (Hardingefele):

January 12, 2019, 10:32 AM · https://youtu.be/6UwU28RwLIA
January 12, 2019, 6:25 PM · Julie, I really like that Reyna Gellert version of Glory in the Meeting House. Thanks for posting it. That thing she has stuck to the upper bout of her violin... I have seen that before, and I have assumed that it's a tuner. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would clamp a tuner on a fiddle like that for a performance. But maybe it's something else?
Edited: January 12, 2019, 6:59 PM · Lots of great favorites of mine mentioned already. Here's a Hargreaves duet of one of my favorite tunes:
The video and audio are a bit out of sync.
January 12, 2019, 7:09 PM · Don's link is to Poplar Bluff which is also one of my favorite tunes.
January 12, 2019, 10:37 PM · Paul smith: I honestly don't know what that is. It could be a pickup? IDK, I don't stick stuff on my violin and I don't pay attention to stuff stuck on violins. It could well be a tuner. Old timer fiddlers change tunings a lot. They cross tune, and any time you change keys, the banjo player has to completely retune. There's lots of retuning going on.
January 13, 2019, 8:33 AM · It's a mini tuner. They're handy for tuning during a noisy session -- I have one just like it but I never leave it on the violin when I'm playing, as it's an irritating distraction. She was probably in a hurry and forgot to remove it! I really like her playing -- thanks for the video!
Edited: January 14, 2019, 1:34 AM · I am in Klezmer when we are talking about non classical music.

I like Daniel Hoffman

and Dawid Lubowicz or Jaroslaw Tyrala from polish Bester Quartet (former Krakow klezmer band).


whole record

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