This issue of FiddleOn magazine (number 40) contains 52 pages 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:
Master of All Trades - Brian McNeill. Trevor Buck talks to Scottish multi-instrumentalist Brian McNeill. Brian talks about his life as a busy working musician. He talks about his approach to fiddle playing and his writing - he has written four novels; The Busker, To Answer the Peacock, No Easy Eden and In the Grass.
Guardian of the Glen - Allan Henderson. Trevor Buck chats to another Scottish multi-instrumentalist Allan Henderson of Blazin' Fiddles. Allan talks about Scottish music and his siblings - three are professional musicians; clÓrsach player, singer and pianist Ingrid, fiddle player Megan who is a member of Breabach and fiddle player and piper Ewan who is a member of Battlefield Band.
The Saga of a Fiddle. Lawrence Tulloch writes about Shetland fiddler John James Stickle and his mysterious great-great grandfather.
Hugh Crabtree Sophie Parkers talk to Hugh about his band Feast of Fiddles. Feast of Fiddles celebrate their twentieth anniversary this year with a special concert in St Albans in April.
The Road from Errogie Trevor Buck chats to Adam Sutherland. Adam talks about taking up the fiddle at the age of seven and talks about harmony and composition.
Amber Fiddle Award. Gavin Pennycook talks about his winning composition Steady.
The tunes in the centre pages are two tunes written by Adam Sutherland Iris and Mad Mike's.
In his regular article, Glen
Titmus writes about the different woods used in making violins.
Fiddle teacher and writer Chris Haigh writes about crooked tunes - tunes with an odd number of bars. Chris explains the history of such tunes and why they were written.
A chance to win two tickets to see Feast of Fiddles perform a very special twentieth anniversary concert, kindly donated by Feast of Fiddles.
Other stuff in this issue include: CD reviews, book reviews, a music quiz, news and chitchat from the UK fiddle scene and small ads.