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Here is one in a series of documentaries following Eliza Carthy and her journey through past present and future British Folk Music.
When I saw her at Womad she didn't sing, she just played with heart and soul. I didn't realize she also sang as part of her performance.
If you like folk music you may find this interesting.
Hi All, new to this blog and site. What a great topic for my first post!
I would have to say Mark O'Connor inspires me b/c he is a master of all genre:
not only classical, but bluegrass, celtic and jazz!
Followed by Natalie MacMaster who not only plays a mean Cape Breton style of fiddling, but does it while dancing AND pregnant to boot!
I saw Peter at the Fairfield Hall in Croydon South London UK when he performed at the Steeleye Span reunion concert. I took my 18 year old daughter with me and she absolutely adored every minute of the show.
Peter can make his violin sing sweet soul, and rock like a Strat.
His performance was both moving and captivating. Really awesome melodies.
Subsequently Peter and I became friends on facebook.
Check him out.
Have to include Michael Cleveland but one unknown fiddler really left a mark on me. He was a roving fiddler at an Ag fair. He could play anything and he was good. But mostly I remember watching him. I wanted to check out his moves. He almost had no moves. He was totally relaxed with a minimum of motion even at full speed. A picture of total economy.
I think of him all the time when I am in the midst of contortions with my violin.
(Lady below not the roving fiddler but real "cool" anyhow. Under control!
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