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Nanaimo fiddle instructors recognized for contributing to city’s culture

Nanaimo fiddle instructors recognised for contributing to city’s culture

Fiddle instructors Trish and Geoff Horrocks are recipients of this year’s Honour in Culture Award. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Fiddle instructors Trish and Geoff Horrocks are recipients of this year’s Honour in Culture Award. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

For more than 10 years this duo has been writing and publishing fiddle and piano music books under the Cross Canada Fiddle banner, which soon added a teaching side and their flagship ensemble, Fiddlelium. Now Trish and Geoff Horrocks have been presented with Nanaimo’s 2020 Honour in Culture Award.

Last year fiddle instructors Trish and Geoff Horrocks attended the City of Nanaimo’s Culture and Heritage Award ceremony and this year they’re winners themselves. They were there with their Fiddelium ensemble, which performed during the event.

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10 Great Fiddle Players You Need to Hear

10 Great Fiddle Players You Need to Hear

Charlie Daniels - One of the best violin and fiddle players
Charlie Daniels – One of the best violin and fiddle players

Many famous fiddlers have influenced the history of fiddle playing throughout many generations. All these fiddlers have mastered their skills in music and in playing the fiddle. They’re known not only for their musical abilities but also for their love of playing fiddle and sharing their passion with the world.

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Meet Richard Tognetti

Lead violinist and artistic director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra - Richard Tognetti.
Lead violinist and artistic director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra – Richard Tognetti.

Richard Tognetti is Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Lead Violin. He has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism.

Richard began his studies in his home town of Wollongong with William Primrose, then with Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium, and Igor Ozim at the Bern Conservatory, where he was awarded the Tschumi Prize as the top graduate soloist in 1989.

At present he is lead violinist and artistic director of the amazing Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Read more about Richard here…..

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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…..

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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….

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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.

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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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TEEN VIOLINIST PLAYS FOR QUARANTINED NEIGHBOURS

‘Highlight of the quarantine.’ Teen violinist brings joy to neighborhoods amid pandemic.

When people suddenly hear the music, they come out of their homes or stop their bike rides.

At an apartment building on Key Biscayne, Zach Buttrick, 18, plays a violin concert for the residents. Jennifer Stearns Buttrick
At an apartment building on Key Biscayne, Zach Buttrick, 18, plays a violin concert for the residents. Jennifer Stearns Buttrick

They practice social distancing, and wear their masks to listen to a teenager play his violin.

For more than a month, Zach Buttrick, 18, has performed his mini-concerts in neighborhoods all over Miami. He brings people together in joy, as they stand, or sit, apart.

One listener called it the “Highlight of the Quarantine.”

Read more and see a video here.

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Female fiddler nominated for CMA Musician of the Year

Female fiddler nominated for CMA Musician of the Year

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 year Jenee has a chance to break in to this All Boys Club. She’s nominated alongside McAnally, Ilya Toshinsky, Paul Franklin and Derek Wells.

“I just broke down in tears,” she told The Tennessean. “It’s been a dream of mine since I knew what the CMAs were, to be named with all of my peers and heroes.”

Read full stories:

https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/08/28/cma-awards-2019-jenee-fleenor-musician-year-blake-shelton-fiddle-player/2140469001/

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16yo refugee dreams of being a famous violinist

Aboud and his mother now settled safely in Australia
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 to play the violin, Aboud’s determination has led many to recognise his rare talent.

“It’s a safer place to live, where I don’t have to worry about bombs and war and all that kind of stuff.”

He now performs with the Sydney Youth Orchestra and the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra after auditioning and receiving a scholarship.

Read the full story here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-15/syrian-refugee-self-taught-violinist-dreams-of-being-famous/11418862

Thanks to ABC’s 7:30 Report