June 28, 2010

Robert Byrd the Musician

No matter your feelings about his politics, Robert Byrd was a towering figure whose influence shaped the state of West Virginia for over 50 years.

He was also a really good fiddler. Here he is in 1978:

June 24, 2010

Angus Campbell

Continuing on through an alphabetical list of tunes, we approach one that I actually have not heard of, Angus Campbell. It seems common enough because it was really easy to find lots of information about it, and sounds like a really great one to learn.

Here is a lesson if you haven't tried to play it before:


If you're really good and keep up, you might try following this one:


Finally, a little something different. I've gathered this is a Scottish tune, and is popular in Scottish-influenced Cape Breton. Here's a version for you if you're a fan of the pipes.


June 20, 2010

The Music of Mario

It's kind of reach to suggest that this is old-time, but give credit where credit is due. This is from BoingBoing, which is a collection of digital pop-culture.

June 13, 2010

Angeline the Baker

Continuing with my mission to post each tune from a fiddle book in alphabetical order, I have arrived (and so early on) at probably my least favorite old-time tune. How's that for an introduction? But, lots of people like it, and in the words of Seinfeld, "Not that there's anything wrong that."

Here's Trent Wagler and the Steel Wheels during their fine rendition:


And of course, if you want to learn the tune for yourself, there are lots of video how-to's, like this one:


June 07, 2010

Twin Sisters Melvin Wine

Chance McCoy recently put the tune "Twin Sisters" on his wonderful new album. He no doubt got it from so many other great fiddlers like Melvin Wine, playing here in 1992.

June 05, 2010

Elk Creek Picnic

I'll get back to posting an alphabetical list of my fiddle book, but I ran across this and like it better for now, plus I don't have my book with me right so I don't know what comes next.

Lots of good videos in this collection, all available here.