Mitch Reed- Cajun Fiddling
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This is a great month to learn some Cajun fiddling. iFiddle has brought you many styles of music over the years. This is the first time we’re serving up some Cajun style fiddling and who better to do it then the phenomenal fiddler, Mitch Reed. Let me let Mitch tell us a little bit about what he does:
I was born in Bayou Vista, Louisiana and raised in Lafayette by musicians and storytellers from Mamou. When I was 12 I started playing the cello and at 15 I started playing the fiddle. At 17 I began touring and performing with Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy and DL Menard. Over the years I have built my repertoire and learned an old style of playing which is evident in my sound today. During my career I have played alongside the likes of Canray Fontenot and Wade Frugé, Dirk Powell & Christine Balfa, Michael Doucet, Steve Riley, Natalie McMaster and Kenny Baker.
I have formed several notable bands including Charivari, Tasso, The Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Racines and McCauley, Reed, Vidrine. In 1992 McCauley, Reed, Vidrine received the Cajun French Music Association President’s Award for Commitment to the Preservation of Traditional Cajun Music. Since 2008 I have performed on four Grammy Nominated albums (including my project band Racines in 2008) and in 2009 I was awarded a Grammy with BeauSoleil for the album “Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival”.
Of course I’m also a Traditional Music Instructor. Besides offering private lessons and online fiddle breakdowns I have taught at Fiddle Camps hosted by Jay Ungar, Mark O’Connor, and Louisiana Folk Roots. In addition I have worked with the Smithsonian Institution Office of Folklife Programs in Louisiana schools as well as International conferences since 1989.
For more information about Mitch, visit his site, Mitch Reed Music Lessons
Also this month the fantastic Irish fiddler, Tom Morley is bringing us more classic Irish Trad fiddle, with the tune, The Wind That Shakes the Barley. This is a great tune and Tom does a great job teaching it. As usual Tom’s teaching style is second to none as he breaks down some ornamentation.
Make sure your read Tom’s article to find out how you can win one of five of Mithril’s new CD, Bottom of the Punch Bowel featuring Tom and Andra Bohnet.
As an Irish fiddler, Tom has made multiple trips to Ireland to perform and research traditional Irish music (studying with and playing alongside legendary fiddlers including Manus McGuire, Maurice Lennon, Liz Carroll, Kevin Burke, Frankie Gavin, and Gerry O’Connor). He teaches privately and at fiddle workshops and has taught Irish fiddling at the O’Connor String Camp in Charleston, SCOR Adult String Camps in Atlanta, and for the Boston area annual 3-day workshop event known as the Fiddle Hell Gathering. In 2013 he took his adult fiddle group, the Irish Trad Explorers, on a tour across Ireland, where they performed in community centers, churches, and pubs, often alongside top Irish musicians. He is a regular contributor to iFiddle digital magazine and is the author of two well-received fiddle books: the tutorial Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle (reviewed in Fiddler magazine, Irish Music magazine and the American String Teachers Assoc. Journal) and Fiddle Club Favorites, a collection of fun tunes for beginning players.
Go to Tom’s site at Learn Irish Trad Fiddle
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