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Fiddler playing Irish music

How to Make Irish Fiddle Music Sound Irish

In this Celtic primer for classical players, learn classical vs. traditional bowing, plus three types of ornamentation, so you can capture the sound of Ireland.

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Keep Connected with Fiddler and Educator Megan Lynch Chowning

As told to Greg Cahill Megan Lynch Chowning is a seven-time national fiddle champion, touring musician, teacher, singer, and flat-footer. She was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award for her participation in the John Hartford Fiddle Tune Project. She spent…

Darol Anger Breaks Down Bluegrass from a Fiddler’s Perspective

By Patrick Sullivan Exact numbers aren’t really Darol Anger’s thing. But over some four decades as a musician and educator, the incredibly versatile fiddler has surely helped hundreds of young string players take the plunge into bluegrass. He tries to…


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Violinist Jeremy Cohen

Keep Connected with Jeremy Cohen

As told to Greg Cahill Keep Connected chronicles the ways in which string players and organizations are supporting and keeping in touch with their audiences or students throughout the global coronavirus pandemic and its lingering impact on musical life. Even…

Casey Driessen holding his fiddle

Keep Connected with Casey Driessen

As told to Greg Cahill Keep Connected chronicles the ways in which string players and organizations are supporting and keeping in touch with their audiences or students throughout the global coronavirus pandemic. States are re-opening public spaces and shelter-in-place orders…

Jake Blount

Album Review: Jake Blount’s ‘Spider Tales’ (Free Dirt)

By Pat Moran With Jake Blount’s Spider Tales, shockwaves of brutality and subjugation echo like a field holler across the centuries, ranging from enslaved people working 19th-century plantations to the protests rocking America’s cities today. For his debut album, queer…


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Brittany Haas

Keep Connected with Fiddler Brittany Haas

As told to Greg Cahill Keep Connected chronicles the ways in which string players and organizations are supporting and keeping in touch with their audiences or students throughout the global coronavirus pandemic quarantine. This week, fiddler Brittany Haas, who is…

Laurel Premo Trio

Video Premiere: The Laurel Premo Trio’s ‘Lost Indian’

Michigan-based fiddler Laurel Premo has been immersed in the roots-music world since birth—her parents are both traditional musicians as well. Her most recent collaboration, the Laurel Premo Trio, ties together the old and new—with her fiddle and Evan Premo’s double-bass…