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Chronos
04-27-2011, 12:10 PM
My mom and I have very similar tastes in music, and so, when I was looking for ideas for her birthday coming up soon, she suggested I give her copies of some of my CDs of fiddle music. OK, that'd make a good birthday present... Except that I don't actually have much of a music collection. So I turn to you, Dopers: What's some good fiddle music I should get for Mom (and myself)? I'm mostly thinking Irish and bluegrass, but anything featuring fiddling would probably go over well. And whole albums would probably be simplest, though if there are any really great individual tracks, feel free to mention those, too.

WordMan
04-27-2011, 12:17 PM
Looks for discs featuring Mark O'Connor (champion bluegrass fiddler and guitarist - but mostly fiddler - who can also branch in to Hot Club jazz and classical work with Yo Yo Ma)...search on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mark-OConnor/e/B000APWAWQ lots of good ones to choose from.

...and Stephane Grappelli - who played with Django Reinhardt in the Hot Club of France Quintet (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=hot+club+grappelli) (results of Amazon search on Hot Club Grappelli - again, lots of cool stuff...)

Alison Krauss is a great player and her stuff with Union Station is top notch, as is the new-bluegrass band Nickel Creek. The sister in the Dixie Chicks is a great technical player, but their stuff isn't bluegrass...

Zeldar
04-27-2011, 12:47 PM
If you're interested in different, take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle_Island_String_Quartet

I also like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Luc_Ponty but don't know how far "fiddle" goes in describing his styles.

For a master at fiddle, there's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Gimble

CateAyo
04-28-2011, 09:56 AM
I agree with the above but for something a little edgier than bluegrass, check out Ryana Gellert, an outstanding old time fiddler.

http://www.amazon.com/Ways-World-Rayna-Gellert-Friends/dp/B0012TUU8K

In bluegrass, Bobby Hicks is as good as it gets.

D18
04-28-2011, 10:03 AM
I think In My Hands (http://www.amazon.com/My-Hands-Natalie-Macmaster/dp/B00000K52U/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1304002737&sr=8-7) by Natalie MacMaster would be a good choice for your mom. It's a nice mix of some contemporary arrangements with some traditional Cape Breton sets as well.

For some Cape Breton fiddling straight-up, Variations by Beolach (http://www.amazon.com/Variations-Beolach/dp/B0007RDRKQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1304002923&sr=1-2) is amazing as well.

DCnDC
04-28-2011, 10:10 AM
I've seen these guys (http://www.theroustabouts.com/index.html) around town a few times. A little blues fiddlin'.

silenus
04-28-2011, 10:13 AM
Try Leahy (http://www.leahymusic.com/discography.php).

B Minor is quite a workout for the three fiddle players in the group.

FoieGrasIsEvil
04-28-2011, 11:00 AM
"The Devil Went Down To Georgia".

:D

twickster
04-28-2011, 11:06 AM
Oddly enough, when I saw this thread, the iPod was doing Stephane Grappelli... and it segued to Jean-Luc Ponty right around the time I hit "post reply."

garygnu
04-28-2011, 11:07 AM
Go to Ireland and find the nearest pub. :D
I found Fergal Scahill in Clifden, County Galway. Here's somebody else's video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0CDAfi2XzI) as an example.

BTW, Nickel Creek broke up. Sara Watkins, their fiddle player, has done solo work. (Chris Thile on the mandolin is the true (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylxIRd6f5pQ) virtuoso (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSZ40V0teGM).)

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
04-28-2011, 11:07 AM
It's not released until next week, but this collection of three Dave Swarbrick (http://www.amazon.com/Swarbrick-2-Smiddyburn-Dave/dp/B004NDVJP0/) solo albums on two discs would provide a wealth of British Isles trad fiddling.

WordMan
04-28-2011, 11:16 AM
BTW, Nickel Creek broke up. Sara Watkins, their fiddle player, has done solo work. (Chris Thile on the mandolin is the true (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylxIRd6f5pQ) virtuoso (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSZ40V0teGM).)

Didn't know that. And yeah, I saw Chris play with Mark O'Connor and actually keep up, so I knew he was a top player...

Bumbershoot
04-28-2011, 11:39 AM
Darol Anger (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_11?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=darol+anger&sprefix=darol+anger) and Stuart Duncan (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_11?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=darol+anger&sprefix=darol+anger#/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_5_13?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=stuart+duncan&sprefix=stuart+duncan&rh=n%3A5174%2Ck%3Astuart+duncan) are both world-class fiddlers.

Peremensoe
04-28-2011, 11:50 AM
Not strictly a fiddle record, but check out Eric Merrill's The Western Star (http://www.ericmerrill.com/music.html).

An Gadaí
04-28-2011, 11:51 AM
Go to Ireland and find the nearest pub. :D

Alas, that isn't all that likely to work in Dublin or plenty of towns around the country.

Chronos
04-28-2011, 11:54 AM
Oh, wow, this thread has gotten busy since last night. It'll probably be this evening before I get a chance to listen to any of the links.

MikeF
04-28-2011, 12:25 PM
Vassar Clements wouldn't be a bad pick and I'll second Natilie MacMaster.

Archergal
04-28-2011, 08:14 PM
Dude. Kevin Burke (http://www.kevinburke.com/html_home.html) is awesome.

I also really like Bonnie Rideout. (http://www.bonnierideout.com/welcome.htm), but she's more on the Scottish end than Irish.

Then there's Elke (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu_QKs4m07A) Baker (http://www.elkebaker.com/) (more Scottish fiddle.)

If you can go as far as Shetland fiddle music, I absolutely adore Aly (http://www.musicinscotland.com/acatalog/Aly_Bain.html) Bain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyj7m0QdFkM).

Now I want to pull out my fiddle again.

ThisSpaceForRent
04-28-2011, 08:16 PM
David Bromberg

Spoke
04-28-2011, 08:19 PM
My favorite fiddle tune is Jerusalem Ridge (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpzoLAwZ-gs) (well OK, technically it was written for mandolin, but it sounds great on fiddle).

Flutterby
04-28-2011, 09:05 PM
The question is what do you want for fiddle? Do you want more classical? Modern? Celtic? Solely/mostly fiddle or other instruments also? Vocals or none?

Well here is a selection from my collection. I love the fiddle, and have quite a variety.

Leahy (http://youtu.be/fpt2FkXM7cA)
Rankin Family (http://youtu.be/Dv8DFPb6_c0)
Ashley MacIsaac (http://youtu.be/aoApELfgWcg)
Natalie MacMaster (http://youtu.be/JzkMMYRaTw4)
Joshua Bell (http://youtu.be/DvlTuBnpKpc) (he also took part in a small experiment to see who would stop and listen to him play/busk (http://youtu.be/hnOPu0_YWhw) at a metro stop in Washington DC)
Vanessa Mae (http://youtu.be/nQ798THmR5Y)

I also really love Dr Draw (http://youtu.be/r8H31nO0IYg) (I happened across him at Stampede on stage one afternoon. I hadn't planned to listen to the music that day but I stopped and watched the whole show as it was just wonderful.. I also immediately bought all three of his CDs at the booth beside the stage lol)

Lots of good stuff in this thread, I'll have to search out some of these.

silenus
04-28-2011, 09:25 PM
A better Leahy link. This is B Minor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BJSnP2NpW8&feature=related) played with the Chieftans.

Superdude
04-28-2011, 09:31 PM
Old Crow Medicine Show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gX1EP6mG-E), perhaps?

Chronos
05-02-2011, 11:28 PM
Just stopping back in to say that I ended up going with Leahy, Stuart Duncan, and Aly Bain. Thanks for the suggestions, all!

kelly5078
05-02-2011, 11:54 PM
It's not released until next week, but this collection of three Dave Swarbrick (http://www.amazon.com/Swarbrick-2-Smiddyburn-Dave/dp/B004NDVJP0/) solo albums on two discs would provide a wealth of British Isles trad fiddling.Swarb is the best!

I also like Jay Ungar, Aly Bain (Boys of the Lough), Johnny Cunningham (Silly Wizard), Kevin Burke (Bothy Band) and Tommy Peoples (Bothy Band).

Brittany Haas is a fine, young American fiddler, and protege of Darol Anger.

Jeff Lichtman
05-03-2011, 02:38 AM
Alasdair Fraser (http://www.alasdairfraser.com/) is a fantastic Scottish fiddler. Scottish folk music is pretty close to Irish music. You can listen to some of his stuff on this Amazon page (http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Grace-Alasdair-Fraser/dp/B0001HAIZO/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1304408097&sr=1-3).

don't ask
05-03-2011, 04:36 AM
Classical Violinist Nigel Kennedy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Kennedy) has a huge body of work and it is incredibly varied. He has recorded all the classical standards and works inspired by Hendrix, The Doors and he now often plays with Polish jazz musicians.

Here he is with Kroke. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr5K3dvxAi8&playnext=1&list=PLA554514489CA4BCE)

Here is Light My Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8RuXsrqumQ)

Gary T
05-03-2011, 04:43 AM
If you can stand three fiddles coupled with great sibling harmony singing, check out the Quebe sisters. Here they are on "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie," (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShIR-639GnY) kicking into high gear at 2:20.

don't ask
05-03-2011, 05:31 AM
Joshua Bell (http://youtu.be/DvlTuBnpKpc) (he also took part in a small experiment to see who would stop and listen to him play/busk (http://youtu.be/hnOPu0_YWhw) at a metro stop in Washington DC)


I recall that from when it first happened. The Washington Post article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html) is great reading.

RealityChuck
05-03-2011, 07:39 AM
Time for Three (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiXn6yBm9ZE): three classically trained musicians (they play with the Philadelphia Orchestra) who perform amp-up versions of classical, country, and pop songs.

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