Your favorite contemporary non-classical band with violin?

October 12, 2017, 2:48 PM · Not a thread about classical vs non-classical or this player is better than this or player doesn't have proper technique yadas. I'm simply looking to expand my playlist and curious what people like.

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October 12, 2017, 2:48 PM · Blue October
October 12, 2017, 3:08 PM · Hot Club of Cowtown
October 12, 2017, 3:58 PM · The Fretless
October 12, 2017, 4:55 PM · Trio Dinicu

Circa Paleo

Edited: October 12, 2017, 4:58 PM · Fairport Convention; Alison Krauss & Union Station; Didier Lockwood
October 12, 2017, 8:40 PM · Nearly anything by Bill Frisell
October 12, 2017, 9:04 PM · Old Blind Dogs, Silly Wizard, Relativity.
October 12, 2017, 9:05 PM · Taylor Davis, Lindsey Sterling
October 12, 2017, 9:59 PM · Escala/Bond
October 13, 2017, 5:35 AM · Sonic Escape, Harpeth Rising
October 13, 2017, 7:05 PM · Jerry Goodman solo & w/ Mahavishnu orchestra. Eddie Jobson. Jean-Luc Ponty w/ Al DiMeola and Stanley Clarke.
October 14, 2017, 1:12 AM · Clean bandit
October 14, 2017, 6:14 AM · Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra. Chris Lynch can really play.
October 14, 2017, 3:06 PM · Annie Moses Band.
October 14, 2017, 4:39 PM · Black Violin
Definitely shatters one's stereotype
Edited: October 14, 2017, 5:01 PM · Stereotype? I guess not very many violinists are as built as they are.

Just kidding. That's a cool video, I enjoyed it.

I grew up listening to Noel Pointer and I saw him live in Detroit - at the Art Institute, I believe, somewhere around 1978. Wow ... 40 years ago. His "Phantazia" album was his best, I thought. Nowadays my tolerance for "smooth jazz" is much lower so I really don't listen to him any more, but I still admire what he accomplished. Too bad also that he died so young.

Edited: October 19, 2017, 3:23 PM · Without doubt, for me it has to be the 4-piece folk band Spiro - their violinist Jane Harbour (taught by Suzuki in Japan) was my violin teacher for 7 years!
Edited: October 15, 2017, 4:52 AM · Steep Ravine is my choice. The violinist, Jan Purot, is classically trained with a degree in violin performance. The guitarist/vocal soloist. Simon Linsteadt, is my grandson. They started in Santa Cruz, CA as a bluegrass band, "Maple Street Five," in northern California and have three CDs of their original songs out there now (check out ). The have just disbanded for the winter - maybe forever. Their jazz is to die for, especially their performance resurrections of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
October 16, 2017, 5:32 PM · Bands featuring David LaFlamme, such as It's A Beautiful Day, and Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks. Perhaps those aren't exactly "contemporary" but LaFlamme is still alive and performing.
October 17, 2017, 2:44 PM · Here's another vote for David LaFlamme; I still pull out a couple of It's a Beautiful Day albums from time to time, not to mention Dan Hicks, even though I didn't realize he was in that band too.

To go in another direction, try bluegrass. There some amazing fiddlers out there, starting way back with Kenny Baker and going forward to the present day.

October 17, 2017, 2:59 PM · Brittany Haas and her various "groups" especially when Joe E. Walsh is in attendance.

Mark O'Connor Family Band

Alasdair Fraser with Natalie Haas



I could go on.................

October 17, 2017, 3:07 PM · Mark O'Connor Family Band is amazing.

I saw them twice this year at Grey Fox and at IBMA. They were my favorite band performances at both venues.

October 17, 2017, 5:04 PM · +1 for Solas.

I can't believe no one has mentioned Andrew Bird yet. He's kind of a one-man band but his shows are spell-binding. Classically trained (I think he went to Northwestern), he now writes his own brand of folk-rock and has a unique style of layering tracks and whistling and stuff.

His style has evolved over the years. Here are three albums I love:

October 17, 2017, 7:38 PM · I really like Flogging Molly (coming mostly from my metal/punk background it is really nice to mix my 2 passions)
October 17, 2017, 9:00 PM · Search for "Naoko Terai I am here for you" for just one YouTube example of this outstanding jazz violinist performing.
October 19, 2017, 1:34 PM · The Imagined Village is a wonderful band, with a violin-heavy sound.
October 23, 2017, 1:07 AM · Yellowcard with Sean Mackin, no doubt. No virtuous at all, but the violin riffs fits really nice into the pop-punk genre they're playing. "Always Summer" is kind of a perfect representation of the role he's playing in the band as kind of this "lead violinist" instead of lead guitarist. Watched them live once, top notch atmosphere.

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