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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Bowing style?

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haggis - Posted - 05/23/2017:  16:12:28

I read a post recently which talked of " North east " bowing.Is this a reference to a bowing style or some type of syncopation? I feel I should know, but don't. Can anyone enlighten me?


farmerjones - Posted - 05/24/2017:  05:46:59

Good to see your post!  My first question would be, "North East of where?"


Addie - Posted - 05/24/2017:  10:28:05

fujers - Posted - 05/24/2017:  17:14:42

For me at least you need to watch and listen to how other fiddlers do it. Just by watching you can learn a lot..thats how I did it. Just watching and listening. Good lord, if you don't watch and you doing to do it anyway. Jerry

Peghead - Posted - 05/26/2017:  03:42:09

There is term "Down East" fiddling which, very generally speaking is a style played from Boston north to Canada.    

boxbow - Posted - 05/26/2017:  05:52:34

I think it means that the fiddler is facing south and you'd better not stand behind him on his left.

Beanzy - Posted - 05/30/2017:  08:22:57

N E style you like? :)

Addie had it in post but here's another link to give you some more info

Edited by - Beanzy on 05/30/2017 08:23:39

TuneWeaver - Posted - 06/18/2017:  08:04:35

I'm not sure but I think that  the reference to bowing "North East", is what people do before they accept that their bowin has "Gone SOUTH"...Pogo would know.. 

Joel Glassman - Posted - 06/23/2017:  15:50:02

Northeastern Scottish fiddlers represented by recordings, video, or other people playing their tunes on Youtube:
Hector MacAndrew, Ron Gonnella, Alastair Hardie.
"The Northeast style is elegant and classically influenced, with roots in the bothy. The original home of the strathspey, these tunes were characterized by staccato and the use of the Scotch snap, as well as the arrow stroke (also known as the driven bow).
Arrow stroke demonstrated here:

Addie - Posted - 06/24/2017:  17:33:17

Also Matthew Lawrence and Paul Anderson.  The latter has a lot of videos on YouTube.  There are dozens of MacAndrew recordings on Tobar an Dualchais.  A lot of Tom Anderson (Aly Bain's teacher) there too, but he's definitely not Northeast!

sandragrunwald - Posted - 09/11/2017:  12:54:51

thank Addie! cool

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