This issue of FiddleOn magazine (number 39) 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:
Shleeve Notes - Matt Cranitch. Trevor Buck talks to Irish fiddle player and teacher Matt Cranitch. Matt talks about his approach to fiddle playing and interest in some of the players from the past such as Julia Clifford and Padraig O'Keeffe.
Rebel Fiddler: Mikey Kenney. Sophie Parkes chats to English player Mikey Kenney. Multi-instrumentalist Mikey talks about his love of the fiddle and the musicians who have influenced. He also talks about his band Ottersgear.
Turlough at the Bonny Men. Trevor Buck talks to Dublin-based player Turlough Chambers. Trevor was keen to interview Turlough after seeing his band The Bonny Men perform at a festival during the summer.
A Day in the Life of Dave Swarbrick English fiddle legend Dave Swarbrick tells us about one day in his life – the day he performed at Fairport's Cropredy Convention this summer.
The Neil Gunn Fiddle Christine Martin tells how a chance meeting with an antiques dealer lead her to buy a fiddle that was once owned by renowned author Neil Gunn.
Big Fiddle Band. Linda Wilks writes about a happy band of fiddlers based in Milton Keynes known collectively as The Big Fiddle Band. Linda talks to the band's founder member and leader Jenny Newman and other band members about BFB and their love of playing together.
The tune in the centre pages is the tune The Seven Stars with second part arrangment by Dave Townsend. The tune is taken from his recent book The Village Band Book Volume 3.
In his regular article, Glen
Titmus writes about the shape of the fiddle and the attempts to simplify the construction of the instrument.
Fiddle teacher and writer Chris Haigh writes about cross tuning - its history, verious methods of cross tuning and its advocates.
A chance to win a copy of Pete Cooper's book Eastern European Fiddle Tunes which comes complete with a tutorial CD, kindly donated by Schott Music Publishers.
Other stuff in this issue include: CD reviews, book reviews, a music quiz, news and chitchat from the UK fiddle scene and small ads.