WE NOW HAVE A SHOP

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

A Luthier Livestreams Himself Building A Violin To Benefit Musicians Impacted By Coronavirus

Luthier Jacob Brillhart holding one of the violins he made. (Courtesy Aneleisa Gladding-Hinton)

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.

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The Violinist’s Guide to Protecting from Coronavirus and Other Germs

The Violinist’s Guide to Protecting from Coronavirus and Other Germs

The Violinist's Guide to Protecting from Coronavirus and Other Germs
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.

Here are a few ideas to consider….

7 tips for classical violinists to unlock their inner fiddler

7 tips for classical violinists to unlock their inner fiddler

Violin player Colin Jacobsen (far right) with Brooklyn Rider and Irish fiddler Martin Hayes (second from left)
Colin Jacobsen (far right) with Brooklyn Rider and Irish fiddler Martin Hayes (second from left)

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.

Here are the 7 tips for classical violinists to unlock their inner fiddler…..

Violins escape Holocaust

‘Violins of Hope’ escaped the Holocaust

The Bielski Violin - made in Germany around 1870, was featured in one of dozens of Violins of Hope events
The Bielski Violin – made in Germany around 1870, was featured in one of dozens of Violins of Hope events

Why do so many Jews play the violin? Because, according to one old explanation, when the time came to flee, you could always run with a violin.

Indeed, some Jewish fiddlers fleeing persecution in Europe and the Russian Empire managed to escape. But multitudes were caught, especially during the Holocaust.

That’s the tragic yet ultimately inspiring origin of Violins of Hope, a collection of stringed instruments that survived the Shoah, though their former owners did not.

Read more on this remarkable and emotional event here…

Meet Sam Sweeney

Interview with Stroud fiddler Sam Sweeney…

Interview with Sam Sweeney for fiddle and violin players
Sam Sweeney

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.

https://www.samsweeneymusic.com/

About to release his 2nd solo album, here is an interview with this remarkable fiddler….

Hinged bow makes a solo violin sound like a full string quartet

Hinged Bow for violin and fiddle players
Charlie McCarthy and his ‘hinged bow’

Ever wanted to play several string instruments at once? Well, now you (kind of) can…

An Australian bow-maker has developed a hinged bow, allowing solo violinists to play several strings at once.

Also known as the Polycorde Bow, it comes some 500 years after the first violin was made in Italy during the 16th century.

Since a violin bridge is curved, violinists can usually adjust the angle of a regular bow to play either single notes on one string or two strings at once.

Now, Charlie McCarthy’s new, curved bow enables solo string players to more easily play four-note chords – or five, if you’re playing a five-string instrument like McCarthy is (watch video below).

Read more and see the video here…

6 Amazing Facts About The Violin

Under an MRI scan, the brain of a violinist will generally show that the regions associated with left-hand finger movements are more responsive and advanced.

6 AMAZING FACTS
ABOUT THE VIOLIN

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.

Find out more about this joyous instrument and the 6 amazing facts

Meet Mark Sullivan

MARK SULLIVAN

“A force in the world!” says Grammy nominated fiddler, Liz Carroll.

Mark Sullivan

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.

See more of Mark’s incredible work here.

VALE: Armagh fiddle player – Brendan McGlinchey

VALE: Brendan McGlinchey

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.

Brendan McGlinchey
Brendan McGlinchey

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