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A Weekend Workshop with
Wes Westmoreland III
Located at Monarch, Montana
Session 1: June 1-6, 2003 Session 2: June 8-13, 2003
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This CD features Dick Barrett, one of the best traditional fiddle players in the country,his talented wife Lisa, and two of their gifted apprentices,John Owens Lardinois,Jr. and Preston Schmidt. The deeply rooted music,presented here in 29 tracks,is intertwined with colorful interviews that illustrate how the fiddle tradition and this master fiddler's life have shaped one another.
Jimmie Don Bates of Austin, wanted to create a band that incorporated contest style fiddling with emphasis on twin fiddles and banjo. The band started through music at a fiddlers jam session hosted by Artz Rib House. Jimmie Don met banjo player Rolf Sieker and began to jam, creating two-part harmonies for the fiddle and banjo. Roberta Rast, Bob Pool and James Wright joined the group shortly after, adding twin fiddle and rhythm. Texas String Drive was named to represent acoustic music from Texas and the drive or groove that fiddlers try to achieve when jamming and competing in fiddle contests.
Texas Old Time Fiddling traditionally has been passed down from one fiddler to another from one generation to the next. For many years, sheet music and recordings were hard to find. Lovers of the music attended contests, performances and jam sessions to learn from others, incorporating various styles and textures into their music.
If you knew Benny Thomassons music, you may recognize his teachings in this recording, as most of the breakdowns and rags recorded here were learned from Benny. I first met Benny in 1956, when I was 13 years old, and Benny had just become the two time World Champion Fiddler at Crockett, Texas. I got to know Benny, who, in my opinion, is the greatest fiddler I ever met. I had played the mandolin since I was six, but after I met Benny, I couldn'tt get enough of him or his music, and immediately started taking fiddle lessons from him. Benny went on to win his third World Championship at Crockett in 1957, and, thanks largely to Bennys tutelage, I was fortunate in following him to be only the second ever to win that honor three times consecutively in 1959, 60 and 61.
For help in fiddle study I recommend 3 CD's of Mark's - "The
Championship Years" ,
Nothin' like getting it straight from the horses mouth! These
recordings where made on the campground at Weiser. You won't find a finer example of true
Texas Style anywhere.
Now here is the original source of Texas Style Fiddle. Eck has the distinction of recording the very first country recordings in history. These date back to 1923 and are the source of all Texas Style fiddle as we know it!
This CD was nominated for a Grammy!
The Franklin Brother's who are noted for originating Texas Guitar
Back up Join Matt and Danita for some laid back Texas fiddle and twin arrangements. Guitar
players stick out your ear! Beginner fiddlers will find this CD easier then many to learn
Noted for many decades for his talent in Texas Swing, Johnny Gimble is one of the greats!
A Canadian Fiddler who took Weiser by storm in '99, Shane has MASTERED Mark O'Connor's style. You'll find his Canadian tunes interesting also.
For fun take a peek at online video's from Weiser!
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These CD's are a must for any fiddle recording library! Once you get to the site by clicking the link
.......enter "fiddle" in the search box.