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Did Emperor Nero really play the fiddle while Rome burned?

Did Emperor Nero really play the fiddle while Rome burned? Writings from around 64AD inform us that Nero was a passionate lover of music and gifted on the cithara, a stringed instrument like a lyre, but there was no way he was playing a fiddle. It hadn’t been invented yet… But if your a music […]

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Female fiddler nominated for CMA Musician of the Year

Female fiddler nominated for CMA Musician of the Year Blake Shelton’s Fiddle player Jenee Fleenor has became the first woman ever to be nominated for Musician of the Year. at the 2019 Country Music Awards in the USA. For 10 of the last 11 years, the award has gone to revered guitarist Mac McAnally., but this […]

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16yo refugee dreams of being a famous violinist

After fleeing war-torn Syria with his family for a safer and more prosperous life in Australia, the 16-year-old has dreams of one day being a famous violinist. 16yo Aboud Kaplo taught himself to play violin from YouTube videos in Syria’s civil war torn Aleppo. Despite being unable to read music when he first taught himself […]

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Gaelynn Lea – Redefining what it is to be a fiddler.

Gaelynn Lea – Redefining what it is to be a fiddler. Gaelynn Lea was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic condition that causes complications in the development of bones and limbs. Lea became impassioned by classical music from an early age, and in fifth grade a teacher took notice and encouraged Lea to pursue music after […]

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Vale Paddy Fahey: Haunting composer for traditional fiddle

Born: August 1916 Died: May 31st, 2019 Irish traditional music lost one of its finest composers and players in the passing of Paddy Fahey at the age of 102. His tune compositions, some 60 in number, were lyrical and elegant, melancholic and haunting, and have entered the repertoire of almost every fiddle player in the country. His […]

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CHARLIE DANIELS SETTLES THE FIDDLE-VS-VIOLIN DEBATE IN ‘COUNTRY MUSIC’

CHARLIE DANIELS SETTLES THE FIDDLE-VS-VIOLIN DEBATE IN ‘COUNTRY MUSIC’ Over the years, you might’ve heard country music fans stress the difference between an old-time fiddle player and a high-brow violinist. Per a story he tells in a trailer for Ken Burns’ upcoming Country Music docu-series, Charlie Daniels, of all people, reckons there’s no real difference at all. Daniels’ revelation came […]