Richard Meyer

A Fiddler’s Fancy

            Fiddle music, along so many other important indigenous musical styles in this country, is an integral part of our cultural heritage.  And it comes in about as many distinct musical traditions as we have cultural and ethnic “folk.”   But, central to the style is the repertoire and playing techniques that date back to seventeenth century immigrants, and their later followers, from the British Isles.  Northern European immigrants brought their traditions, as well, but the core of “old time fiddle music” lies in the reels, jigs, and hornpipes of the Celtic tradition.