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favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?

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Subject: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 03:50 AM

I checked the forum for this question, and was surprised to not find it. So, here goes. Who are your favorite Irish and Scottish fiddlers? This does not necessarily mean who do you think are the best, though feel free to state your opinions on that, nor do the fiddlers have to reside in Ireland or Scotland, or be Irish or Scottish people, since there are many fine players of those types of music who are of non-Celtic ancestry. What fiddlers who play Irish and Scottish music, then, really amaze you, touch you emotionally, etc. To start things off, for Irish, I'm more partial to the Donegal fiddling for it's strong, vibrant bowing though I love all Irish styles, and choose Tommy Peoples (especially his early, more purely Donegal recordings), Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, Liz Doherty, and, of course, Johnny Doherty. For Scottish: Alasdair Fraser numero uno, then Johnny Cunningham, and Laura Risk. They bring out the full range of emotions in Scottish music better than anyone else, in my opinion. For Cape Breton, Buddy MacMaster and niece Natalie MacMaster.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 04:41 AM

For Irish... Tommy Peoples (saw him again last year - brilliant)

For Scottish... Aly Bain (saw him earlier this year - great!)

And Brian Rooney, oh there are loads I like, but those are the main ones

Not forgetting the Custys!

Regards

Ella


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: jeffp
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 09:33 AM

Irish - James Kelly. He stands there barely moving, while the most incredible music just seems to emanate from him. He's also a lot of fun to drink with.

Cape Breton - Jerry Holland.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Kim C
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 01:42 PM

I like Natalie MacMaster, Kevin Burke, and Dave Swarbrick.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 02:01 PM

Kevin Burke, Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, Martin Hayes, Tom Morrow & Jesse Smith!!


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Turtle
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 02:44 PM

Scottish fiddlers--Aly Bain, Johnny Cunningham, and recently the Wrigley Sisters from Orkney.

I'm not as familiar with Irish fiddlers, but I see Kevin Burke every chance I get, and Martin Hayes, of course.

And what about Christian LeMaitre (is that his name? the guy who plays with Kevin Burke and Johnny Cunningham in the Fiddle Fest) from Bretagne? He's a mighty fine fiddler, too, although not Scots, Irish, or Cape Breton. (Does adding him to the list make me a lumper?)

I've also been listening a lot to Elke Baker, who's an American but the National Scottish fiddle champion in this country.

Here's another question for you fiddlers out there--who do you like on the Scandinavian scene? Either fiddlers or bands with fiddlers in them--it seems that Scandinavian music is really exploding over here right now, although maybe that's just living in Nordic Minnesota.,br>
Turtle


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Whistle Stop
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 03:16 PM

Bonnie Rideout is a great Scottish fiddler. She records for a small label called Maggie's Music, based out of Washington, D.C. I believe.

The Nordic music thing is picking up in my area, too (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). There's a label called NorthSide that is pushing this, selling compilation CDs for a ridiculously low price ($2.99, with a sticker that proclaims "Cheaper Than Food") to get people listening to this stuff. A lot of good music there; I would encourage everyone to see if they can find an extra couple of bucks in the budget to check this out.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: SDShad
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 03:26 PM

Irish--I'm a Bothy fan, and can't quite choose between Tommmy Peoples and Kevin Burke

Scottish--Alasdair Fraser, hands down

Cape Breton--Ashley MacIsaac

Chris


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Mbo
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 03:30 PM

Alidair Fraser, Mik Kaminski, Wilf Gibson, Richard Wood, Natalie MacMaster.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 03:36 PM

Alsdair Fraser, Aly Bain, Frankie Gavin, John Cunningham, Eugene O'Donnell (how many do we get to pick?)


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Turtle
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 05:06 PM

So, Whistle Stop, anything you particularly liked from those compilation CDs? or other recommendations? And do you have contact info for North Side?


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST,Sorcha
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 05:54 PM

Well golly Molly, I guess somebody ate my cookie. The Guest anon above was me. Better go fix my cookie.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: JenEllen
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 06:48 PM

Natalie MacMaster and John McCusker
~Elle


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: keltcgrasshoppper
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 08:19 PM

Irish -tommy peoples scotish-ally bain cape breton-JJ Chaisson from Prince Edward Island


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: keltcgrasshoppper
Date: 20 Jun 00 - 08:26 PM

That was Dan and this is me KGH he's to lazy to change his cookie.. My favorite fiddlers.. well have to say Natalie Mac Master scottish/Cape Bretton who is tied with J.J. Chaisson. Sean Kean/ Irish and of course Eileene Ivers..By the way MBO you have to search for a J.J. Chaisson CD he really has it all!!! If you can't find one write to J.J. himself or for that matter we'll send you one. KGH/Duldan


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 12:38 AM

Mbo - Please fill me in on Mik Kaminski, Wilf Gibson, and Richard Wood. If they are admired by you along with Fraser and N. MacMaster, they must be hot stuff. Where can I hear them?

Guest - Same with Tom Morrow and Jesse Smith, if you please. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Mbo
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 12:52 AM

Richard Wood is a young guy from Cape Breton who does kinda Celtic rock stuff, but still very centered in the traditional style, he's the same age as me, 21. Wilf Gibson & Mik Kaminski aren't actually tradtional fiddlers, I thought I'd just mention them cause no one would really notice. They both played with the band Electric Light Orchestra...both are English, and absolutely wildmen on the fiddle. Wilf's playing just tears your heart to shreds...and Mik was notorious for his fiery version of "Orange Blossom Special" as well as "Clog Dance".

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST,Tommy
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 02:01 AM

The best irish fiddle for me is George Kaye.He had a number one hit with the Smokey Mountain Ramblers and played successfully in Germany for the last 6 years. From The Five Dionne Reel, The Devil went down to Georgia and Farewell to Erin he is THE BEST!!!


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST,Barry Finn
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 02:38 AM

It's been some time since been out & about but if I were to hang my hat on one it'd have to be Saemus Connolly (who was called the Clare fiddler). Some say that Saemus is just a technical wizard & maybe that's what got him the Fiddler Of Doney (sp?) award or maybe it's why as a kid he won the All Ireland in the Junior & Senior during the same year & then maybe it's why he won the senior for the next 9 yrs but I don't think so, he really shines when he's in his own element, like playing at a party with Frankie Gavin & Paddy Cronin or Aly Bain or at a session with Johnny Cunningham or Alsdair Fraser & he starts up on a slow air & all the eyes in the room start to get droopy & the other fiddles slowly fade into a hush & you hear yourself somewhere other than where you were moments ago & maybe you open up one eye slightly & you sneak a peek at the others in the room & realize that they were all where you just left them & you close up that one eye again & rejoin the rest of the dreamy listeners & wham it's over, the bungie cord just snapped & all you know is that you've been to someplace where only a magical musical moment can take you. No, I wasn't in an opium den but I can't think of any one elses' fiddling that would bring me as close. Barry


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 02:53 AM

Thanks for sharing that, Barry. That's the kind of answer I was hoping to elicit with this thread - which Irish/Scottish fiddlers give you those special moments, who takes you to another place. If you haven't heard Laura Risk yet, I strongly suggest you go to one of her concerts. She might have a similar impact on you. She is technically brilliant, and steeped in traditional styles, but what makes her stand apart is how she uses her considerable talents. Her playing is deeply felt, and very affecting. She really knows how to interpret the music she plays. Mbo - Thanks for filling me in on your choices. I'll bet you'd like Liz Doherty, from Donegal, who has an exciting album of Irish and Cape Breton tunes called "Last Orders." She's in her twenties and is brilliant and exciting. If you don't find it in stores, Amazon.com carries it.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST,Angun
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 04:50 AM

Chanteryanger, Jesse Smith plays with Danú, and Tom Morrow plays with Dervish. (Or what, Guest?)

Angun


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: keltcgrasshoppper
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 07:21 AM

Mbo, Just a small correction, Richard Wood likes to tell people he's from Cape Breton( because it's trendy now) BUT he is from Prince Edward Island. I've known him since he was a little boy. KGH


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: kendall
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 07:27 AM

I dont get into "best" but, my personal favorites are;Scottish Aly Bain. Irish; Nick Apollonio. All around folk fiddler, Nick Apollonio.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Edi
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 07:43 AM

I'm surprised I cannot find Brian McNeill in the ranking. Or is it because he took more efforts in his guitar-playing the last years?


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Mbo
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 08:53 AM

Whoa! Thanks for the inside scoop, KGH!! He can't hide it anymore now!!! DANCE FIRE DANCE!!!

--Mbo (HEY what about Dougie MacLean???!?)


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: SDShad
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 09:39 AM

Shoulda known you'd slip ELO into this thread, Embow. Say, have I ever mentioned that I saw them in concert in 1981?

Other fiddlers I like: Winifred Horan of Cherish the Ladies and Solas, Mark O'Connor, Johnny Cunningham, Eileen Ivers, and a couple of local boys of whom you've probably never heard: Kenny Putnam of a legendary 1970s South Dakota country swing band called the Red Willow Band, and Buckley Mills who played briefly in the early 90s with a band out of Sioux City, IA called Jain Jeffer, whose music can best be described as Acoustic Celtic Acid. He quit music to go to premed school, unfortunately.

Chris


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Mbo
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 10:34 AM

As I wander around this wreck of a town
Where no one ever speaks aloud
With it's ivory towers and plastic flowers
I wish I was back in 1981....

Wow! You got to see the greatest band ever!!!! That was the Time tour, promoting the new album which the lyrics above come from. Sadly, Wilf & Mik were not part of the band at that time anymore. Check this for a great picture of Jeff Lynne on guitar & wildman Mik looking like a happy leprechaun with his fiddle!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Petr
Date: 21 Jun 00 - 07:37 PM

Ok here goes, I dont do the "best" either but here are my personal favorites. Irish: Frankie Gavin, Liz Carroll, Randall Bays (currently from Seattle) Tommy Peoples, Paddy Glackin Martin Hayes.

(Actually Randall ranks as one of my favorite fiddle players of any style. Id recommend anyone who hasnt heard him to do so. Hes mastered the East Clare style and is also a fine classical guitar player - accompanied Martin on his first album.) Wonderful person.

Scottish: Brian McNeill, Alasdair Fraser, Aly Bain (although Id say Shetland fiddling is significantly different from Scottish to warrant its own style, Laura Risk and Jennifer Wrigley.

Cape Breton: Jerry Holland (I like his style of playing, mainly because he goes to Ireland often and it rubs off, and he's just an all around great guy. Natalie McMaster

at the Festival of Fiddle tunes in Port Townsend we were asked which 3 fiddlers we'd pick for a desert island, I picked Natalie McMaster 3x. I asked this question of Liz Carroll and she thought long and hard about it and said that Buddy McMaster would definitely be on the list. Petr.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: mactheturk
Date: 22 Jun 00 - 12:35 AM

Please, let us not forget to mention..

Jenny Allinder from Gallipolis, Ohio

and Michael Coleman from Knockgrania, Ireland

Amen,

MP


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 30 Jun 00 - 05:58 PM

I DO like to get into the "best" thing, and I would second all the votes for Alasdair Fraser as the best Scottish fiddler, by the length of a rather long street.

After all when the world's greatest guitar player teams up with a fiddler it is rather logical to assume that the fiddler is the best too.

However I have to say that the fiddling which I have personally enjoyed the most was performed by a septuagenarian from (I think ) Tennessee, called Ralph Blizzard. He called it the "longbow" style of fiddling, I am no expert on fiddling, but I know what I like. Anyone else know of him? It is some years since I saw him, I hope he is still alive and well.

Murray

Murray


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST,Rich(stupidbodhranplayerwhodoesn'tknowbetter
Date: 30 Jun 00 - 06:55 PM

Liz Carroll, Paul O'Shaughnessy, Ciaran Tourish, Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, Jesse Smith,Denis Murphy, and of course, above all, Michael Coleman!
My $0.02
Rich


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST,Rich(stupidforgetfulbodhranplayer....)
Date: 30 Jun 00 - 07:06 PM

I'm extremely embarrassed to have forgotten, Maeve Donnelley from the Clare band Moving Cloud. I saw them at the Washington Irish Fest last year, and they almost made me cry. An excellent example of the difference between lively music as opposed to fast music. THey pack more energy in their music at half the tempo than a lot of the younger musicians of today put into the rock and roll that's being passed off as traditional music.

2 more cents worth,
Rich


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: p.j.
Date: 01 Jul 00 - 01:42 PM

Hey, let me get in here with a vote for one of my favorites...

There's a GREAT local fiddler in the San Francisco Bay Area named Peter Kasin. He's been known to play in concert with Alasdair Fraser, is one of the pillars of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, and performs with a group called Nauticus which includes no less than the great Rick Rackin, Shay Black and Dick Holdstock!

Chantyranger, being from the Bay Area yourself you've probably had the chance to hear this guy, but if you haven't, let me know and I'll introduce you. I'm lucky enough to get to drum with him from time to time, he's a real peach of a guy. If you get the chance to do a request, be sure and ask him to play you my favorite fiddle tune-- The Mouse Trap. He captures the rich emotion and subtleties of this timeless classic with uncompromising attention to technical proficency. Definately one of the best.

PJ


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Dale Rose
Date: 02 Jul 00 - 10:33 AM

First to Murray McLeod, YES to your inquiry about Ralph Blizard, he is alive and well and his fiddling, singing and showmanship are as great as ever. I got to see him and his fine band, The New Southern Ramblers about three weeks ago at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. Make that octogenarian, though, as he will be 82 in December. For a nice biography by John Lilly, Click here. He has a number of recordings out, but the most readily available is Southern Ramble, Rounder 0352, 1995. He is certainly on my short list of favorite fiddlers, no matter what the style.

But now to the question, favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers, to which we seem to have added Canadian fiddlers as well, which is OK by me. Some of my choices have already been mentioned, but add my votes in for whoever decides to tally this up at some point. Natalie MacMaster, the only one of the bunch that I have actually seen in person ~~ just as wonderful as everyone says, and a truly nice person as well, I think. Jenny Wrigley from Orkney, definitely different, as Petr says, but wonderful to hear. I tend to favor the younger up and coming fiddlers, who may not be so famous now, but who will be the ones everyone will be talking about in a few years ~~ Richard Wood, already mentioned, Samantha Robichaud and Stacey Lynn Read both from New Brunswick, and Jennifer Roland of Cape Breton. That'll do for starters.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 02 Jul 00 - 12:36 PM

Dale, thank you for the info and link ro Ralph Blizard, I will definitely be getting all the recordings I can lay my hands on. I met him after the show in Edinburgh some years ago and asked him if he had ever played with Doc Watson. He replied "Nope, never met Doc, but he lives just across the mountain from me"

Talking of stars of the future therte is a twelve year old (maybe thirteen now) who lives in Cape Cod (I think, certainly lives in MA) called Marie (or Mhairi) Black, who absolutely knocked me out at a fiddle festival two years ago. She plays with the panache and assurance of somebody twice her age. I have no idea if she is still playing or notm but would love to hear from anyone who knows.

Murray


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: mg
Date: 02 Jul 00 - 07:47 PM

Hank Williams of Newfoundland....


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 02 Jul 00 - 07:53 PM

Well, the tally so far for the number #1 favorite spot seems to be for Irish, Tommy Peoples, Cape Breton Scottish, Natalie McMaster and mainland Scottish, Alasdair Fraser. Guest - don't know how I forgot Paul O'Shaughnessy as a favorite. For those not knowing of him, he plays in a band called "Beginish," has recorded a duo album with bandmate flute player Paul McGrattan and a solo album on the Claddagh label, and toured with Altan back around '89, and is on their album "Horse With A Heart." He's a magnificent fiddler w/o alot of showiness. One of the nice things about this thread, for me, is learning of various fiddlers I otherwise might not know of. Shows that favorites can be regional and local heroes as well as the big names.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Melani
Date: 03 Jul 00 - 03:47 PM

PJ--I definitely second your choice. "The Jailbreak" is another of his timeless classics.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 04 Jul 00 - 09:02 AM

Turtle and Whistle Stop --- North Side Records, is located in (North) Minneapolis, MN. :)


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: kendall
Date: 04 Jul 00 - 11:13 AM

I find this all rather silly. It's like the title Champion of the world. Champion of the KNOWN athletes, and what good is that? There are always thousands of people who could excel at any given sport, but, they havn't been discovered yet. On top of that, it is strictly a matter of taste. As David Brinkley said "Everyone is entitled to MY opinion"


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Diva
Date: 04 Jul 00 - 03:26 PM

Favourite Scottish fiddlers include The late Tam Hughes of Jedburgh, Bob Hobkirk and Jimmy Nagle all 3 exponents of the Scottish Borders style which gets forgotten. Ian Fraser, brother of the more famous Alistar,is a grand player himself. Of the more well known Aly Bain of course and Brian Mc Neil. As for Irish, Martin Hayes and Matt Crannich. Not bad for a singer


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST,Tony Rice
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 10:56 AM

George Kaye is by far the best Irish/Bluegrass fiddler I've ever heard.His rendition of 'Orange blossom special' is second to none.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST,Larry K
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 01:31 PM

A lot of people chose Natalie McMaster.   Not a bad choice but I think her husband (Donnell Leahy) is better


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Nfkfiddler
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 07:07 AM

It was John Sheehan who inspired me to pick up the violin, I played at school, and play it again as a fiddle.   A true gentleman too who makes time, and has a genuine interest, to discuss playing with the very ordinary players like me.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: JedMarum
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 09:24 AM

I have never head a more brilliant fiddler then Alidair Fraser. He is capable of delivering a melody into the very hearts of his entire audience - they will feel every nuance, ride every crescendo - and breath in perfect unison with the melody. Truly remarkable!


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: JedMarum
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 09:27 AM

Ooops, I should check my spelling!

Also a link - Alasdair Fraser.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 09:38 AM

Irish: Roisin Harrigan
Scottish: Donald Stewart
Cape Breton: Brenda Stubbert
Old-timey: Bill Richardson
Cajun: Will Sneyd
English: John Offord

Right, you bastards, you all owe me a pint.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Miken
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 09:58 PM

Liz Carroll, Winifred Horan, Natalie Macmaster, Kevin Burke, Tommy Peoples and Vivian Williams for Trad. Northwest(US) Fiddle styles.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 11:47 PM

well, of course Brian McNeill is a truly magnificent fiddler as well.

Good thing I'm not a bastard - or maybe I'd owe soemone a pint!

;-)


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST
Date: 18 May 11 - 11:03 AM

terry foster

I played five string banjo in three bands with George Kaye for a few years back in the 1970's, both in Ireland and the UK. They were the best times of my life !! He was so good back then he was head and shoulders over anyone else on the scene in my opinion, but I guess I'm a little biased ! He now resides in Germany and he tells me he is playing the best fiddle ever. Who am I to doubt it !!


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 18 May 11 - 01:40 PM

Cathal Hayden, good on tenor banjo too.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 18 May 11 - 09:58 PM

I'm surprised I haven't seen Sean Maguire or Brendan Mulvihill, or Hanneke Cassel or Laura Cortese named here.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 18 May 11 - 10:18 PM

Seamus you mention Sean Maguire. A few years ago Sean came to Cape Breton for Celtic Colours and it was there that he and Buddy Mac Master played together for the first time. Widely regarded by their peers as the "two best" it was a historic meeting from both sides of the pond. I am sorry to say that I was unable to attend their session but folks still rave about it.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 02:28 PM

Natalie MacMaster is mentioned several times on this thread. She is great but Cape Breton is full of many great fiddlers who shy from the world's spotlight, including her older brother Kevin. Here they are as kids playing together.
Kevin & Natalie


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: meself
Date: 20 Dec 11 - 03:12 PM

As for me, while I respect all of the more prominent personages in the CB fiddling scene, I really prefer the older-style players - for my money, there are few I take over


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST,strad
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 06:12 AM

For me, Kevin Henderson (Fiddlers Bid, Boys of the Lough, and others) is a real pleasure to listen to.


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: meself
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 04:17 PM

Whoops! John MacDougall


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Subject: RE: favorite Irish/Scottish fiddlers?
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 04:18 AM

rebekah findlay(Yorkshire) and Rachel Davies(Nova Scotia)


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