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This issue of FiddleOn magazine (number 47) contains 56 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.

Chris Leslie - A Positive Force. Trevor Buck chats to the great English player Chris Leslie. Chris talks about his love for the fiddle and his life as a busy touring musician.

Henry Webster. Sophie Parkes chats to English fiddler, Henry Webster. Henry talks about the moment as a child that first drew him to the violin.

A Homemade Electric Octave Violin Chris Nelson explains how he converted an old unused practice violin into a fabulous electric octave instrument.

So you want to be a Rock and Blues God? Will Pascoe explains his take on how to start playing Rock and Blues fiddle. He talks about the equipment you will need and now to set it up.

Limin' in St Lucia Trevor and Sandra Buck and friends Sheena and Davey McCormack interview West Indian fiddler and folklorist Augustin 'Charley' Julian. Charley talks about the music of his native St Lucia and the recent revival of the music.

The Joy of Fiddling Liz Bower writes a second piece about the fictitious Fiddle-Faddle Club. A club which contains characters we have all met in clubs and societies up and down the country.

How can we play English Tunes? John Offord explores the English fiddle tunes from early manuscripts to how tunes are played today.

The tunes in the centre pages are two tunes taken from the influential John Playford collection 'The English Dancing Master'. The tunes are: 'Nelson Hornpipe' and 'London's Glory'.

Pete Fyfe obituary Feast of Fiddles player Garry Blakeley writes about his old friend and musical partner Pete Fyfe.

Exciting Changes at FiddleOn Jed Mugford explains how FiddleOn will soon be merging with Living Tradition. He explains that this is the last issue to be printed in the regular A5 format. Future issues will appear within the pages of Living Tradition.

Instrument Matters. Violin dealer and repairer Glen Titmus explains the mysteries of varnish and how misuse of varnish can damage an instrument. He also gives an update on the best violin strings on the market today.

Fiddle teacher and writer Chris Haigh writes about American Cajun player David Greely. Chris explains how David teaches Cajun to his pupils and methods he uses to explain the style.

A chance to win a copy of the band new book Traditional Fiddle Music of the Scottish Boarders. Kindly donated by Taigh na Teud 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.