Wednesday, 17 April 2013

First World Fiddle Day, 18 May 2013

Thanks to Brian McNeal of the Prescription Bluegrass Blog for news of World Fiddle Day, which this year will be held on Saturday 18 May - the Saturday closest to 19 May, anniversary of the death of Antonio Stradivari.

World Fiddle Day (WFD) was founded last summer by Caoimhin Mac Aoidh of Donegal in north-west Ireland, and Michael D. Higgins, president of the Republic of Ireland, is its Patron for the inaugural year 2013. It is for anyone throughout the world who plays, or simply enjoys, the music of the extended family of bowed instruments in any genre of music. The WFD website includes Vassar Clements and Chubby Wise in a list of past masters of the fiddle. More details are on the Prescription Bluegrass Blog and the WFD Facebook, where you can see the music notation for 'World Fiddle Day reel' and a video showing the reel being played (also on YouTube).

Like the Prescription Bluegrass Blog, we hope that bluegrass and old-time fiddlers will be actively associated with the Day. World Fiddle Day falls just a week after Declan McCarthy's Baltimore Fiddle Fair (9-12 May) in Co. Cork.