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Fiddlin foolin June 23

Posted by Fiddlin Guy on Saturday, June 23, 2007

This is the first blog I have ever written, I hope the reader will find it amusing.

My music ranges from Celtic to Bluegrass, Beatles and Country.

My late dad, used to say "quit your fiddlin and  foolin around" . This was long before I started with the fiddle as a teenager.

He might be surprised that 40 years later I'm still fiddlin and foolin around and now I'm getting paid for it.

This week I have been extremely busy with four planned gigs (and two rehearsals) with four  different groups.

As it happens, I have not played fiddle on the first two. Thursday night I played a concert  in Marblehead, Mass with my Celtic band the Breakheart Ceildh Band.

When I opened my fiddle case just before showtime I found the D string had snapped. I thought,  "somebody doesn't want me to play fiddle tonight ".

Because I had Herb Smooth on fiddle and Steve Levy on tenor banjo and mandolin and because I am the main lead singer and guitarist it was not great loss to the listening audience.
Joining us for this one concert was upright bassist,  Steve Wainwright, solid musician, singer and a witty raconteur.
June 22 8-midnight I was on guitar and vocals with the Reiner Family Band at a surprise 75th birthday with a fine creative young fiddler, Andy Reiner,  who you may  be hearing form in coming years.
His brother Eric Reiner
was wonderful as usual on piano.  Mom Cindy  Eid Reiner was a steadying presence on bodhran  banjo and vocals. Steve Brown All-Ireland champion on the bones, joined us on vocals whistle,  bones and bodhran also.   

Dad Dave Reiner, also  a fantastic fiddler, was absent at  a mandolin camp in Tennessee. He was missed, but we had wonderful time anyway.

I feel privileged to work with such wonderful people and musicians.

I have two more gigs Sunday I'll report on those anon,

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