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Rhythm Rollers to Honor Bob McQuillen at Fiddle Tunes

Rhythm Rollers to Honor Bob McQuillen at Fiddle Tunes

National Heritage Award recipient Bob McQuillen passed away this past February at the age of 90.He made a significant impact on the Fiddle Tunes community, having first been on staff 30 years ago. He was one of the most beloved New England contra dance musicians. To celebrate Bob’s legacy of music, we’ve invited Laurie Andres,

Sheryl and Russell Cormier

Sheryl Cormier – The Queen of Cajun Music

2014 is going to be a great year of Cajun music at The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. We’re particularly thrilled to welcome Sheryl Cormier to this year’s gathering. Sheryl Cormier is known as the queen of Cajun music and Cajun accordion – she was likely the first Cajun female musician to record playing the


Walt Koken Keeps Old Time Tradition Alive

In the Old Time community, Walt Koken is a legend. In addition to taking clawhammer banjo “beyond its limits,”  Walt and his musical and spiritual partner Clare Milliner have published the long-awaited “Milliner – Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes”, 1404 transcriptions of commonly played tunes. “In 1959, my brother had broken his arm, and he heard


Centrum Welcomes Simon St. Pierre to Fiddle Tunes

Simon St. Pierre is a fascinating and elusive figure in Maine fiddling, more heard about than actually heard, a north woods lumberjack skilled in an array of music learned in logging bunkhouses. He’ll come to The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in 2014 with his son Daniel, also a lumberjack, who’ll back him up on


Farewell, Bob McQuillen

We note with sadness the passing of legendary piano player Bob McQuillen yesterday, February 4, 2014. Two days previously he had a massive stroke from which he could not recover. Bob was 90 years old and for at least 60 of those years filled the world with the pithy essence of New England contra dance