Elan Chalford

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What Is Fiddle Music?

Fiddle Music’s Back Story

Fiddles in many shapes and configurations

Fiddle music arose because people like to dance and fiddle music provided a good danceable sound. Today the same holds true for contra dancing and Appalachian style back-step dancing. For country music line dancing a fiddle may not be required, but it would always be welcome. Irish step dancing is typically packed by traditional Irish … Read more

Fiddler Creation Myth

Elan’s Fiddle Story

Cousin of Kokopelli, Grassapelli plays the fiddle

I had my mid-life crisis early. At 32 I suddenly broke away from the life I had been living and started to play fiddle. No more violin, which had been neglected for some time anyway. I wanted to improvise. My first experience was in a folk trio. We played a lot of places, thanks to … Read more

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Understanding Fiddle Music

What Is Fiddle Music?

Many feet moving to the sound of fiddle music

Fiddle music arose because people like to dance, and fiddle music provided a good danceable sound. Today the same holds true for contra dancing and Appalachian style back-step dancing. For country music line dancing a fiddle may not be required, but it would always be welcome. Irish step dancing is typically packed … Read more