Connecticut Fiddle Music Perfomers



We drove out to Indiana for the weekend for a fiddle contest in 2006. Susie placed in this contest in the younger kids division. There was also three divisions we hadn't seen before: The Gambler's Draw (who knows the most fiddle tunes), the Ragtime Annie Division (who has the best version of Ragtime Annie), and a twin fiddle competition (this is why we started playing twin fiddle). To find out more about our adventures in Indiana, go to Fiddle Travels

Fiddle Quotes

All quotes were found at one of the following websites:

"I don't want talking, I want fiddling!" Luther Davis

"Perhaps it is music that will save the world." Pablo Casals

"We're musicians. We play music. We're not trying to keep the music alive; the music is alive already." Wynton Marsalis

"Fiddlers just want to have fun!" Stacy Phillips

"Fiddle, we know, is diddle: and diddle, we take it, is dee." Algernon Swinburne

"The music comes from the fiddler's heart, through his strings and straight into your heart." Father John Angus Rankin, Cape Breton musician

"Music is the essence of order and leads to all that is good, just, and beautiful." Plato

"Friends are like fiddle strings; they must not be screwed too tight. " H. G. Bohn

"We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing." Oliver Wendell Holmes

"We consider the man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia reels without losing his grip, may be depended upon in any kind of emergency." Mark Twain

"The love of music does not require perfection. It waits to be surprised by it, but does not expect it in every case." Garrison Keilor

"The preacher wants his flock to see the light, I want mine to feel the groove." Donna Hebert

"Life is like learning a violin in public and learning as one goes along." Samuel Butler 1835-1902

"A painter paints pictures on canvas but musicians paint their pictures on silence" Leopold Stokowski 1882-1977

"It is all about the bow, it is like a paintbrush." David Game

"The major goal of all violinists is an effortless and beautiful tone." Kato Havas

"We follow the groove and accent it regardless of bow direction." Donna Hebert

"The violinist is that peculiarly human phenomenon distilled to a rare potency - half tiger, half poet." Yehudi Menuhin.

"Music is a great gift, one of the greatest anybody can have, because it's something nobody can take away from you. Money can't buy it. It's a very precious thing, I think, very precious." Ernie Carpenter 1909-1997 Appalachian fiddler.

"The violin requires beautiful passages, distinct and long, with playful figures and little echoes and imitations repeated in several places, passionate accents." Agazzari c.1607

"Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory." Oscar Wilde 1854-1900

"One occassionally hears dire warnings against the dangers of 'over ornamentation.' Generally, those who level such accusations are unable to perform much ornamentation, either because of an ignorance of what to do or an inability to do it." L.E. McCullough c.1976

"I lived in the wood until I was slain by the relentless axe. In life I was silent, but in death my melody is exquisite." Motto carved on a violin by luthier Gasper Duiffoprugcar 1514-1572

"Music and the violin are a great protection... If I descended by parachute on to a country unknown to me, without my violin, with no money, and unable to speak the local language, I don't know how long I could survive. That would be a real test - one that I am not particularly keen to try!" Yehudi Menuhin 1916-1999