This issue of FiddleOn magazine (number 38) is packed full of interesting articles and useful information. In addition to regular items such as news and views, details of workshops, book and CD reviews, this issue also contains:
Music from the North - Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Trevor Buck talks to fiddle player, singer and Altan founder member Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Mairéad talks about starting the band Altan with her late husband Frankie Kennedy. She talks about her style of playing and the players she admires the most.
A London Lass. Sophie Parkes chats to London Lasses and Pete Quin founder Karen Ryan. Karen talks about how she grew up with Irish music and first began playing. She talks about teaching the fiddle and playing in her band London Lasses and Pete Quin.
Tyneside Fiddle Alliance. Colin Westerman looks back over the first year of this fledgling fiddle group from the North East of England.
The Dark History of my Fiddle Fiona Cameron writes about how a note found inside her old fiddle linked the instrument to a notorious villian from Victorian England.
Calling all Tune Writers Details of the 2012 Perthshire Amber International Fiddle Composition Award. Explains how your fiddle tune could win you £1000.
Sail On - Phil Beer. Trevor Buck talks to multi-instrumentalist and singer Phil Beer. Phil talks about Show of Hands and his other projects. He also talks about the people who have influenced him most, the music he listens to and his passion for sailing.
The tunes in the centre pages are two of Karen Ryan's favourite tunes Imelda Roland's and Maeve's Reel.
In his regular article, Glen
Titmus writes about the many makes and types of strings available on the market today. He explains their construction and individual characteristics.
Fiddle teacher and writer Chris Haigh writes about the use of the fiddle in Heavy Metal bands. Chris talks to one of the leading exponents of 'metal fiddle' Olli Vänskä of the Scandinavian band Turisas.
A chance to win a copy of Sophie Parkes' brilliant official biography of English fiddle player Eliza CarthyWayward Daughter kindly donated by Soundcheck Books.
Other stuff in this issue include: CD reviews, book reviews, a music quiz, news and chitchat from the UK fiddle scene and small ads.