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In a world full of pop music and pop culture there’s not a lot of time to reflect on where all this is taking us. We seem to follow the road wherever it goes without thinking too much about it.

Enter David Bragger. A remarkable man with a vision of where his own clarity of old-time music shines through and seems to contradict the wasteland of most popular music that’s being taken as serious in this modern age.

David takes us back in time to a place he calls, The Old-Time Tiki Parlour. This is what he says of the Parlour:  The Old-Time Tiki Parlour is the online musical headquarters of Tiki Parlour Recordings. It is an atomic-era destination complete with wooden tikis, strange folk art, weird curios, palm trees and a variety of old-time string instruments. Since 2009, it has served as the concert, workshop, jam, film, internet and instructional epicenter for old-time music around Los Angeles and beyond. Past artists have included Bruce Molsky, Dan Gellert, Kirk Sutphin, Paul Brown, Rafe & Clelia Stefanini, Joe Newberry, Val Mindel, David Greely, Suzy & Eric Thompson, Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege, Nadine Landry, Sammy Lind, Scott Prouty, Tom & Patrick Sauber, Bob Carlin, Sausage Grinder, Bertram Levy, Howard Rains & Tricia Spencer, Emily Miller & Jesse Milnes, Ben Townsend and Craig Ventresco & Meredith Axelrod. And many more to come…”

Originally hailing from Buffalo, NY, Classically and Jazz trained, Rock ‘n’ Roll schooled, award winning, multi-instrumentalist, Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry has become a world-class master improviser, educator, and authority through his diverse musical and life experiences over the span of his 35-year professional career.

Highlights of Geoff’s experience include his electric violin and piccolo bass work with the virtuosic instrumental rock group “Gamalon” featuring ex-Spyro Gyra drummer Ted Reinhardt. The group’s MCA & Amherst Records history include a #8 Billboard Jazz Chart showing, recording and touring with sax great Ernie Watts, performing at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival before a crowd of 40,000+, and countless testosterone-filled club dates where attendance records were often broken (*many of these performances can now be seen on YouTube). “Gamalon’s” music has been heard at many major sporting events including World Wrestling Federation TV shows, Buffalo Bills and Sabres games, and the Olympics. Geoff’s composition “Tecumseh” from the group’s “High Contrast” album was also featured on Japanese television.

Tom MorleyThis month Tom Morley teaches us a new tune, Drops of Brandy

Classically trained with a degree in music education, Tom Morley has performed professionally in almost every music genre over several decades, with a focus on and passion for Irish Traditional Music throughout the past 15 years, both as a performer and teacher. He performs as a soloist and with two groups: the Celtic/World music band, Mithril, ( and the Irish folk duo, Banna de dhá (

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.

Tom has a great new course out on beginning Irish Trad Fiddle. It’s 4 lessons complete with videos, sheet music and each tune has an excellent article about the tune. Tom has deeply discounted this for a short time so if you want to be taught by the master himself, now is the time to do it.
Go to Tom’s Irish Trad Fiddle to start.    tomfiddle









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I'm the author, editor and publisher of iFiddle Magazine and the owner of the site, I'm a fiddler, a teacher and general all around good guy wanting to help out the vast fiddling community.