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Jan 3, 2022 - 12:11:39 AM
2590 posts since 7/12/2013

What are your favorite YouTube channels for fiddling and why do you like watching them?

Jan 3, 2022 - 1:31:10 AM
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1822 posts since 4/6/2014

Two of my favourite youtube fiddlers are Kevin Lees, and of course Ian Walsh. I think they both have channels. i like their sound, styles, and ecletic repertoir.

For Jazz and Classical violin Christian Howes, and Hillary Hahn spring to mind, but they are way out of anything i could attempt.

Also anything with Stuart Duncan playin is fine....:o)

Jan 3, 2022 - 2:30:19 AM
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RichJ

USA

664 posts since 8/6/2013

Our very own Groundhogpeggy is a YT fiddler I listen to A LOT.

Jan 3, 2022 - 5:32:11 AM
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5804 posts since 9/26/2008

All of these are still putting out videos on a regular-ish basis

Moonshine V's channel (just checked and it has a new name - Miss Moonshine Dances) has -lots- of excellent old time fiddling posting for 12 years, though lately I've not been much into her 'content' because she's taken a turn away from old time (though still posting her clogging).

Old Time Tiki Parlor - excellent professionally shot fiddling of some heavy hitters, mostly old time.

Walt Koken - Walt and Claire playing tune-a-day stuff. Both excellent players of old time, sometimes Walt plays banjo, also excellent.

Take's Bluegrass Album Channel - just what it says, soooo many old bluegrass albums digitized plus the occasional fiddler-centric rarity.

Jan 3, 2022 - 6:11:23 AM
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RichJ

USA

664 posts since 8/6/2013

quote:
Originally posted by ChickenMan

Moonshine V's channel (just checked and it has a new name - Miss Moonshine Dances) has -lots- of excellent old time fiddling posting for 12 years, though lately I've not been much into her 'content' because she's taken a turn away from old time (though still posting her clogging).
 

I became aware of Moonshine V's videos several years ago, Many featured the amazing fiddling of jon Bekoff. Sadly, most of those videos were made 6 or 7 years ago, a few years prior to Jon's death with John looking rather frail. Last year Alan Kaufman uploaded a dozen YT videos of Joh fiddling when he was in his prime. I believe these were made in 2010 at the Blackcreek Fiddler's Reunion. In most all of these he in playing twin fiddle style with his student Nate Paine.  

I agree, the new Dance a Day Miss Moonshine doesn't have the same interest. 

Edited by - RichJ on 01/03/2022 06:13:42

Jan 3, 2022 - 6:19:29 AM

75 posts since 1/19/2018

There are a lot but my favorite is peakfiddler and the fiddle channel

Jan 3, 2022 - 6:19:46 AM

183 posts since 11/24/2018

quote:
Originally posted by RichJ

Our very own Groundhogpeggy is a YT fiddler I listen to A LOT.


It does sound a bit cheesy, but she is probably the one that I go out of my way to listen to the most. 

Jan 3, 2022 - 6:22:56 AM

316 posts since 4/15/2019

Pete
I agree with these you mention. Ian Walsh is fantastic. Christian Howes has some play along videos that are fun to do. My favorite is Old Time play along. I found a guy from Canada buy the name J J Lavalee, he does one called Big John McNeil. He does kind of flat foot dance while sitting down as he plays! Love it! Also Matt Kingman and Moses Nelligan playing guitar and fiddle together. He does one called Wednesdays Waltz, real good! I also like Peggys High Lonesome sound.

Jan 3, 2022 - 7:35:03 AM
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183 posts since 11/24/2018

I will add though that I often find myself landing on Charlie Walden's page.

Jan 3, 2022 - 9:57:08 AM
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Old Scratch

Canada

939 posts since 6/22/2016

JJ Lavallee is one of the few (relatively) younger 'Metis' fiddlers putting themselves out there who plays like the older players - most that you see play more or less mainstream Canadian old-time style, with a few more Andy Dejarlis tunes than usual.

Here's that Big John MacNeil video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkTxbxZF0LA

Edited by - Old Scratch on 01/03/2022 09:58:31

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Jan 3, 2022 - 11:40:54 AM

316 posts since 4/15/2019

Thanks Scratch for posting that. J J also does some great waltzs!

Jan 3, 2022 - 12:09:28 PM
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DougD

USA

10545 posts since 12/2/2007

Here's another YouTube version of "Big John McNeil" by Sierra Noble, another young(er) Canadian fiddler. m.youtube.com/watch?v=_2HkYKsu4mc
I'm not sure of her exact heritage, and this may be more "mainstream Canadian old time style," but its more what I'm used to hearing, rather than JJ's, which is melodically simpler.

Edited by - DougD on 01/03/2022 12:14:52

Jan 3, 2022 - 12:32:56 PM

2590 posts since 7/12/2013

Do you all mostly listen youtube for songs/performances or do you listen to folks for any instructional reasons?

Edited by - fiddlinsteudel on 01/03/2022 12:33:36

Jan 3, 2022 - 2:58:20 PM
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79 posts since 5/1/2010

Katrina Nicolayeff. She's sort of the "Jimi Hendrix" of fiddlers. She plays a right-handed fiddle left-handed. The only thing she changes in the position of the chinrest. She's won the Grand Nationals at Weiser many times.

Jan 3, 2022 - 3:35:14 PM
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Swing

USA

2116 posts since 6/26/2007

I listen to many different fiddlers on YouTube...I truly like them all... Patty Kusturok is one of my favorites, her recordings are very easy to learn from... one of my complaints about many YouTube videos is that the backup musicians or the general noise overrides the fiddle....poor micing etc...

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Jan 3, 2022 - 4:53:02 PM
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Old Scratch

Canada

939 posts since 6/22/2016

Sierra Noble is one of the ones I was thinking of - she is Metis, and, at least when she was starting out, promoted herself as a 'Metis fiddler' - but her style to my ear is pretty much Canadian Old Time. Not to take anything away from her; she's a fine fiddler, and all-round musician - I recently heard a recording of a pop song she had written and was singing, and it was quite good - so, good luck to her!

This is more what I think of as Metis (or Native/Aboriginal/Indigenous/First-Nations) fiddling:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5lpT4SUiPA&list=PL357CA731D4328B27&index=209

Edited by - Old Scratch on 01/03/2022 17:06:54

Jan 3, 2022 - 5:12:31 PM
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DougD

USA

10545 posts since 12/2/2007

Thanks to "old cowboy," I've now listened to a whole bunch of YouTubes of "Big John McNeil," from "Corn and Boots" to Don Messer, researched its history, and remebered that I need to really learn to play it.
This is such a standard that some of the better known fiddlers seem to want to personalize it a little, and to my Tennessee ears the Metis style seems to blend into the general western Canadian style a bit. I think this is my favorite, along with some other standards. Some serious musicians at work: m.youtube.com/watch?v=74-el0f9i0U
This may be one of those tunes that if you haven't got it by the time you're six years old you ain't gonna get it!

Jan 3, 2022 - 6:29:46 PM
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5804 posts since 9/26/2008

I listen for the sake of listening/entertainment but if the tune catches my ear, I'll slow it down and dissect the minutia to learn it.

Jan 5, 2022 - 8:32:53 AM

183 posts since 11/24/2018

Thanks for bringing JJ Lavallee to my attention. Great fiddler.

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