THE GOLDEN FIDDLE AWARDS HAS AN ONLINE SHOP – FINALLY!!!
Finally we now have a fantastic online shop here and will soon be active on our Facebook page and very soon we will be selling exclusive products such as CDs. But first may we interest you in our fantastic GFA branded tee. A Soft American cotton tee shirt with our GFA logo on the front. Show your support for the organisation that has supported string players for over 15+ years and get yours NOW!
A Luthier Livestreams Himself Building A Violin To Benefit Musicians Impacted By Coronavirus
For one whole week at the end of March, from early every morning until late at night, Jacob Brillhart livestreamed himself from his violin-making workshop in Chelsea, Vermont. The videos archived on Facebook depict a serene tableau: Brillhart, in a black apron, bent over his workbench, soft sunlight pouring in from the skylight. Every once in a while he stops to fiddle with his phone. Then, it’s back to the minute, delicate work of carving a violin from scratch.
The Violinist’s Guide to Protecting from Coronavirus and Other Germs
Playing the violin can be a very communal activity, and with the instrument right up against our faces, we have some unique considerations when it comes to being sanitary during the outbreak of any disease, whether it’s the coronavirus, the flu or the common cold.
7 tips for classical violinists to unlock their inner fiddler
Colin Jacobsen from string quartet Brooklyn Rider has some advice for classically trained approaches to folk traditions
Sadly, like many languages and species of animals around the world, many folk traditions around the world are being lost to urbanisation, modernisation, globalisation, etc. The flip side is that those same forces have allowed more of us to know more about a greater diversity of folk music than at any other time.
Obviously, the problem with saying ‘folk’ as a general concept is that it is an impossibly large umbrella to describe a world with as many variations in style as there are languages, dialects and specific accents within languages. So for the purposes of this article, I will generalise ‘folk’ music in this context to mostly refer to Celtic and North American fiddling traditions, though some of these things I feel are applicable to things as diverse as Chinese or Persian folk music, the music of the Roma people, etc.
Nominated four times, and winner in 2015, of Musician Of The Year BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former and inaugural artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music. Sam has also recorded and performed with The Full English, Eliza Carthy, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party, Emily Portman, Martin Carthy, as well as his own critically acclaimed show Made In The Great War.
Invented in the 1500s by an Italian named Andrea Amati, the violin is one of the most beloved instruments in the world. The word violin comes from the Latin, “vitula,” meaning string instrument. The term vitula was derived from “vitulari,” which meant “to be joyful.” For an instrument that makes people feel a wide range of emotions, “violin” seems like an apt name. Here are 6 interesting facts about the instrument.
“A force in the world!” says Grammy nominated fiddler, Liz Carroll.
Among his many awards, Mark Sullivan is a 3-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and is widely regarded as one of the finest fiddlers in North America today. He is in demand as a spirited performer and continues to collaborate with many of the finest names in traditional music today.
A renowned fiddle player from Armagh has passed away at his home in Sussex, England. Brendan McGlinchey, one of the greatest musicians that Armagh city has ever produced, had been ill with cancer for some time. He was 79-years-old.