Welcome to my porch, where I hang out and play. You’ll find news, videos, and my new Soundcloud channel with 13 full tracks spanning 30 years. A new blog: La marche des femmes links to sheet music and audio for a march in 3/4 time that I wrote in 1984. I’ve put more lovely time-wasters on my YouTube channel. Enjoy!
There’s a hundred feet of air between me and the ceiling of the Cathedral del Gésu in Montréal in the video above, grabbed by a festival-goer at La Grande Rencontre. We play the Scots-style air that I wrote with Max Cohen, Raven’s Wing. We’re un-amplified, if you don’t count cathedral reverb. This impromptu workshop jam was shared with (left to right) Bruce Molsky, Robin Bouliane, Pierre Schryer (fiddles) and Quinn Bachand (guitar). Bruce was the only one but me who’d even heard the tune before and the jam was his idea. I love fiddling – not only does it make you dance; sometimes it lets you fly!
More music – Max Cohen and I at the Upper Potomac Fiddle Summit in West Virginia. Last summer, my daughter Molly met some kids at Falconridge Festival who were jamming on Dad’s and Circular Reels. They told her they’d learned both tunes from this video and then they played it for me through her phone, Now that’s modern technology put to good use!
I play the same fiddle (offered for sale below) in both videos.
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In other news, I’m selling the lovely NY-made violin I’ve used for the past 15 years. I recorded four CDs with it – from the 1999 CD “Big Boned Beauty“ up through a Panache video in 2013 – and the fiddle has served me nicely. But sometimes our musical voices change, so I’m offering this through Stamell Stringed Instruments, 18 Kellogg St, Amherst MA 01002. They interviewed me for their new “Musician’s Spotlight” feature on their website. Please contact Stamell’s directly about price and appraisal value: 413-256-0936. The instrument can also be shown at their Poughkeepsie NY shop. A bright soloist’s violin, this is a beautiful, well-balanced instrument. Matt Stamell can fill you in on the violin’s pedigree since I purchased it from him.