Tag: fiddle


Gadelle – Power Fiddle from Acadia

Some time ago I have presented the group Vishtén from Acadia / Canada who plays great fiddle music with powerfull step dance.

In the meantime I have discovered two other bands from the same region, Acadia and the St. Edward Islands in Canada. Today I want to present Gadelle – four energized women with fiddle, guitar, mandolin or mandola and keyboard – and with a lot of stepdace and footstepping too.

This is a text taken from the Gadelle homepage:


Well they’re back at it…Helene Bergeron and Louise Arsenault, that is, along with some newly acquired musical friends….from the next generation of young traditionally inspired musicians…right on their doorstep…right here in the Evangeline region of Prince Edward Island.

After ten years of touring the world with the seminal Acadian traditional band Barachois, the girls felt the need to reconnect with their home, their families, their other interests and so decided to leave the road and the touring life; Barachois ended. Yet through it all, they continued to pursue their primary passion…music. Not just any music, but the music of their fathers, Eddy Arsenault and Alyre Gallant, and the many musical mentors from past generations. The pursuit of Acadian music from this corner of the small Island of Prince Edward (the original French settlers, their forefathers, knew it as Isle Saint- Jean) never ended. On the contrary, the music lives on and has continued to grow and flourish.

Three summers of playing music locally at the Confederation Centre for the Arts, numerous regional festivals and one or two in the U.S. with a gifted bunch of 5 young women musicians (young enough to be their daughters) loosely titled “Les Girls” has rekindled their passion to take this music once again to the world stage, this time with two of these young women, Caroline Bernard and Samantha Gallant. Just as Lousie and Helene have inherited their understanding of music from their father’s and mother’s generation, Caroline and Samantha have also, but from Louise and Helene’s generation.

So here are some videos with Gadelle and a playlist. At the end of this post I have also added an interesting video about the Acadian culture and music.

Gadelle Live at the Skye Theatre

Gadelle. “Live at the Mission Folk Music Festival, 2010”

Gadelle, July 25th 2010. These ladies will remind you what east coast Acadian music is all about: A Killer Performance_which will knock your socks off!
Helen Bergeron_Acoustic Guitar, foot percussion, knives and forks.
Louise Arsenault_Fiddle & foot percussion.
Anastasia Deroches_Fiddle & foot percussion.
Caroline Bernard_Piano
Great live sound at this event by:Steve Dark.
**Audio recorded on a simple Zoom H4n in audiance location.
Video clip & audio processing courtesy of Garth @ TaterWorks, in support of our local music community.. Thanks for watching!

Playlist Gadelle


Weitere Informationen

Acadian Music, Culture, Festivals and Genealogy in Nova Scotia

Homepage: http://www.gadelle.com/

Homepage of the former group Barachois: http://barachois.com/

Fiddling – an article about fiddling from the Canadian Encyclopedia: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com

My previous post about the group  Vishtén:

Vishtèn – Acadian Folk and Step Dance

favorite tunes

Three Easy Fiddle Tunes – Over the Waterfall *…

I am currently reworking some fiddle tunes which I want to play with my duo partner with two mandolins. So I decided that I should present those tunes, togehter with sheet music links and additional information here in my blog.

Fiddle Tune Medley

Over the Waterfall

Michelle Shocked has used the two melodies Over the Waterfall and St. Anne’s Reel on her CD Arkansas Traveller – that’s one of my all time favorite CDs:

Over the Waterfall – Glenn Allan + Kim Mackenzie

Glenn Allan + Kim Mackenzie, live at Riley’s Tavern, 3/21/10. Music and Lyrics by Michelle Shocked, from her 1992 Arkansas Traveller.

St. Annes Reel

St. Annes Reel is the next tune, it sounds very similar to Over the Waterfall: Read more “Three Easy Fiddle Tunes – Over the Waterfall * St. Anne’s Reel * Fisher’s Hornpipe”


Bluegrass with a Handicap – Jarred Albright (Fiddle, Mandolin)…

Some time ago I read about two players with a handicap who despite this have become professional players in a band.

Jarred Albright

Jarred has been playing the violin since he was seven, and has taken it upon himself to learn other instruments including the mandolin and guitar. For 9 years, Jarred was involved with the Calgary Fiddler’s Association, which is a group of 15 young violinists who perform up to 100 times per year in and around Calgary.

Jarred has a deformed right hand, but he learned to play the fiddle, the mandolin and the guitar despite this. In the following video you can see Jarred Albright with all the three instruments.

Jarred Albright – Olympic Reel

A second video shows Jarred Albright with the Calgary Fiddlers. In this piece he plays the mandolin and you can hear some powerfull bluegrass fills that he plays.

Calgary Fiddlers – Pick It Apart

Barry Abernathy

Barry Abernathy is the banjo player of Mountain Heart, a progressive and successful bluegrass band. On the Mountain Heart homepage you can find some information about his biography:

Winner of 1997’s Banjo Player of the Year award from the Society for the Preservation of Blue Grass Music in America, Barry began his musical career performing bluegrass gospel with Silver Creek, but first came to national attention as a member of one of the decade’s hottest bluegrass bands, IIIrd Tyme Out. From 1994 to 1998, the Georgia-born banjo player/lead vocalist was a featured member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, recording five albums with the award-winning ensemble before leaving to form Mountain Heart.

Barry Abernathy has learned to play the banjo in the typical bluegrass style although on his left hand he has only a thumb and a bit of the index finger. It is almost incredible to see what Abernathy can do with this deformed left hand. You can read more about Barry Abernathy in the following article:

Bluegrass player doesn’t let disability slow him down

Some excerpts from this article:

“I got to noticing it’s an open-tuned instrument,” he said of the banjo, which typically is tuned to an open G chord, which means there are more open strings available, and not as much left-hand work is required to get at least the basics together.

“Putting two and two together,” he said, “I was thinking, I could do this, and I could do that.

He gravitated toward local banjo players, getting them to show him their licks. Then he would figure out how to do it in his own way.

“It started with just wanting to learn the melody to simple songs, songs I did in church and songs that I’d heard growing up,” Abernathy said. “Then it went to trying to figure out some of the Earl Scruggs stuff.”

Read more “Bluegrass with a Handicap – Jarred Albright (Fiddle, Mandolin) – Barry Abernathy (Banjo)”

aaa to be reviewed

Chris Thile – Shadow Ridge – A Great Bluegrass…

Some time ago I bought a copy of the sheetmusic for Leading Off, Chris Thile‘s first CD. This CD has been published in 1994 when Chris Thile was just 13! It is fantastic what Chris Thile was able to play with 13!

Leading Off is the debut solo album by American newgrass mandolinist Chris Thile, released on September 25, 1994 by Sugar Hill Records.

Yesterday I began to learn the first tune in this book – Shadow Ridge. Shadow Ridge is a great bluegrass tune with interesting harmonies and playing techniques – a tune that isgreat to improve your playing skills. Especially the broken A-minor chord appeares in some places of the tune, chris Thile plays this in a way that produces a maximum of sound.

I have found two videos of this tune and the TABs – so you can listen to Sahdow Ridge and play it yourself if you want to!

Chris Thile – Shadow Ridge

A time lapse movie of the building of a garage – and with the music of Shadow Ridge as played by Chris Thile – unfortunately the music is not complet – but it is enough to hear the fantastic mandolin playing of the 13 year old Chris Thile!

Calgary Fiddlers – Shadow Ridge

The second video shows a fiddle group – the Calgary Fiddlers – who play Shadow Ridge with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

Weitere Informationen:

Homepage Calgary Fiddlers: http://www.calgaryfiddlers.com/

Wikipedia about Chris Thile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Thile

Tabs of  Chris Thile (tabledit format) and midi Files including Shadow Ridge: http://www.alltabs.com/chris_thile_tabs.php

Buy CD Leading off – Chris Thile (amazon partnerlink)

Buy CD Stealing Second – Chris Thile (amazon partnerlink)