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Pär Persson Mattsson

Pär Persson Mattsson
Pär is a fiddler from Sweden, currently living in Göttingen, Germany. He has played Swedish folk music since he was a kid and has lately gotten into old time fiddling.


Cameron DeWhitt – interview & tunes

Cameron DeWhitt is a clawhammer banjoist and Old Time musician living in Portland, Oregon. He hosts the weekly podcast Get Up in the Cool: Old Time Music with Cameron DeWhitt and Friends, which features conversations and musical collaborations with today’s most influential...

Digging through to the sky: rhythm in oldtime music

Before anything, there was the rhythm.  I was a high-school student in Ithaca, N.Y., classically trained on the violin, when I first saw fiddlers play on the dusty stages of the Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg, just up the...

Left hand fiddle exercises: lesson with Craig Judelman

Few musicians truly enjoy spending time on their instrument working on technique, etudes, or intonation. It's just not as much fun as playing tunes or learning new material. But those who have spent even a few periods of focused and sustained practice...

Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves

In Washington, North Carolina in 1974, a 20-year-old Black woman named Joan Little was arrested for shoplifting and breaking-and-entering. Sentenced to 7-10 years and unable to make a $15,000 bond, she was incarcerated at Beaufort County Jail. Weeks later, she was...

Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance

A friend once quipped that the name of the main Facebook page for the music we all love should be retitled, "Dedicated to Narcissistic Escapism". It's true when we get together in collective celebration, whether it's two people sitting in the...