Fiddle Tunes articles


Mark Rubin: a Little Song, a Little Dance, a Little Seltzer Down Yer Pants

Mark Rubin: a Little Song, a Little Dance, a Little Seltzer Down Yer Pants

An interview with Centrum’s Ruby Fitch Longtime Austin resident Mark Rubin will be teaching and performing at this year’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. Mark is a multi-instrumentalist who is best known for manfully holding down the low end. Be it Klezmer or Polish dance music or whatever, Mark seems to relish all music made


Basques Return For 2013 Festival of American Fiddle Tunes

Registration is now open for the 2013 Festival of American Fiddle Tunes!  Spend the week of June 30-July 7, 2013 living, learning, and jamming with masters of a wide variety of fiddling styles. The Festival provides an opportunity to be in community with the bearers of fiddle traditions. Artistic Director Suzy Thompson has gathered an outstanding


Elmer Rich Plays For Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the terrific Festival of American Fiddle Tunes faculty members joining us in 2012 is Elmer Rich. Elmer was born in West Virginia in 1919, and as a youngster, he played mandolin in a band that included his father, fiddler Harry “Pap” Rich; and Elmer’s uncle, fiddler Sanford Rich. We are beyond thrilled to report


Mr. Milton Vanicor Comes to Fiddle Tunes

Mr. Milton Vanicor, who played fiddle on some of Iry LeJeune’s classic recordings (including Lacassine Special, Calcasieu Waltz, etc) will be coming to Fiddle Tunes! The Laccasine Playboys were headed by Iry LeJeune, who brought the accordion back to prominence after the war (the strings bands, with Western Swing influence, were the most popular before