Category: Fiddle Styles & Genres

In Tune: A Community of Musicians

Good video about Old Time Music. A celebration of old-time music in the Mountain State of West Virginia, some of the people passing it on, knee to knee, one generation to another. Produced by WVPB filmmaker Russ Barbour and narrated by Mountain Stage’s Larry Groce, this new documentary examines old-time music, specifically in the hills…

The Sons of Liberty Facebook Page

As you know if you have been reading my blog for any length of time, I really like early American music, particularly when played on the fiddle. So, it is no surprise that I really like The Sons of Liberty, the trio of three brothers (Joshua, Daniel & Noah from Jonesville, VA) who are keeping…

Scottish and Irish Elements of Appalachian Fiddle Music

The following is a very interesting undergraduate thesis written by Matthew S. Emmick of Butler University in 1995. It was sent to me by a fiddling friend, Greg, as part of our ongoing discussion after my post the other day about What is Old-Time Music/What is Old-Time Fiddle. Read the entire thesis – Scottish and…

Learn to Fiddle Country Style

This post is a follow up to a post I made a couple of weeks ago about Shuffle Bowing and some entries in the comments section between John Finney {Old Cowboy} and myself from the Fiddlehed Office Hours post a few days ago. John and I have been messing with shuffle bowing, particularly the Nashville…

Popular Songs in American History

I was searching for early American fiddle tunes the other day when I came across a site called Contemplations from the Marianas Trench – Music and Deep Thought. This informative and entertaining website is the creation of Lesley Nelson-Burns (a.k.a. The Contemplator), and nestled among its many pages is one entitled: Popular Songs in American…

The Hamblen Collection

While doing a search for “early American Fiddle”, I came across The Hamblen Collection. It is a collection of violin tunes, popular during the early 1800’s as played by David Russell Hamblen (1809-1893) and his son Williamson (1846-1920) arranged and copied by A. Porter Hamblen (1875-195-) son of Williamson. The Hamblen Collection is still available…

The Sons of Liberty – Three Inspiring Young Men

These three bothers (Josh, Noah and Daniel Smith from Jonesville, VA) call themselves The Sons of Liberty, and together they are keeping 18th century music alive by playing it. Reviving old songs in an authentic style, they play in state and national parks throughout the Northeast. I found their playing , spirit and enthusiasm inspiring, and…

Old Time Fiddle

Up until today, I always thought Old Time Fiddling just meant old time tunes played on the fiddle, and that Old Time Fiddling was synonymous with Bluegrass Music, but I was wrong. I started reading about Classical Violin versus Bluegrass versus Old Time Fiddling. Classical violin is music that is played as part as part…