Fiddle Tunes articles


Fiddle Tunes Artistic Director Suzy Thompson on the 2013 Faculty

Fiddle Tunes Artistic Director Suzy Thompson on the 2013 Faculty

“American society is most tolerant of ethnic differences in the areas of cuisine and innocuous folk arts.”  These words come from from “Amerikanuak: Basques in the New World” by William Douglass (thank you David Romtvedt for this quote) and they set me to thinking how The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes contributes to a spirit


Parlez Vous at Fiddle Tunes

By Fiddle Tunes Artistic Director Suzy Thompson The French presence will be especially strong this summer at Fiddle Tunes! Yvon Mimeault and Guy Bouchard from Quebec, Don and Cindy Roy from Maine, and Milton Vanicor, Blake Miller, Edward Poullard, Cedric Watson from southwest Louisiana all play music that’s got French roots, but all flavored different


David Romtvedt’s Postcard from Basque Country

David Romtvedt, longtime friend of Centrum’s Fiddle Tunes, is a musician, writer, and a champion of Basque culture.  David is traveling in the Basque Country (an autonomous community in northern Spain) during the month of May.  He has been visiting with Joseba Tapia, Arkaitz Miner and Xabier Leturia, three Basque musicians who will be on

Dewey Balfa, Phil Johnson, Marc Savoy

Don Mussell’s Amazing Fiddle Tunes Photos

If you were part of the first handful of Festival of American Fiddle Tunes gatherings, you probably saw and heard Don Mussell. A musical adventurer with an eye for the visual – Don was an avid Fiddle Tunes workshop participant as well as an unofficial documentarian in the late 70s and early 80s. Recently, Don


Joseph Decosimo and the Tennessee Fiddling Tradition

People, place, and persistence are all part of how fiddling traditions are passed from one generation to the next. Devon Léger of Hearth Music recently put together an outstanding interview with an ambassador of old time Tennessee fiddling, Joseph Decosimo. Joseph will be joining us at Fiddle Tunes in 2013 and if you want to