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The neglect of anything to do with fiddle music by the mainstream media

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

In this day and age when we have access to hundreds of tv channels, radio stations, how often do your hear fiddle music, I don't mean a fiddle playing back-up in some Nashville band, but real fiddle music where the fiddle is the lead instrument in the band.


         In my part of the word (New Brunswick, Canada) the sound of a fiddle on radio or Tv is a rare occurance , you would have more of a chance of hearing ethnic music from a far off forigen country than any kind of fiddle music.


        It wasn't always this way , at one time their were shows based on fiddle music or the fiddle was a prominent instrument in the show. The fiddle is still popular though in non-media areas , often heard at fairs, farmers markets, fiddle jamming groups,  and I'm amazed at how many young people are taking up the fiddle, and how well some of them play, and the internet with sites like the Fiddle Hangout as well as many others.


     I guess the lack of fiddle music on Tv and radio is all based on demographics, they broadcast to young , hip, trendy, urbanites, because thats where the big money is...and the fiddle is left out in the cold.




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Hi everyone, I have been playing the fiddle off and on for 37 years. I bought my first fiddle for $35 at a pawn shop with money I earned shoveling snow when I was 13. I have played in a small band , but mostly just play for the fun of it.

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I live in Don Messer country, and Don and the Islanders are my favorite fiddle music band of all time, although I like many different styles of fiddle playing. I play mostly maritime old time fiddle, not celtic, but more in the stle of Don Messer, Ned Landry, Earl Mitton.

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