I will be judging the 2019 Arizona State Old Time Fiddlin’ Championships in Payson, Arizona. The Payson, Arizona Old Time Fiddlers Contest and Acoustic Celebration is truly a piece of Arizona history. This event has over 49 years of history celebrating the musical heritage of the pioneers of our great state.
I was so excited to get a text message from Tyler Andal last week saying that he was in Loveland, CO. Tyler is a Nashville fiddler, so I was naturally surprised that he showed up in my neck of the woods. As luck would have it, Tyler was playing in the pit orchestra of a […]
Here’s another video from the House Concert with Don Pedi at Steve Eulberg’s house. I really enjoy getting to experience jamming on old-time tunes. It’s good to not be painted into a stylistic corner. It’s all music and if you enjoy what you are playing, then that’s what really matters! Enjoy! Vi
This review of Old School Old Time was just too cool to not pass on. I am humbled by some of the kind words that Wendy McCall had to say about our album. “This entire album could be used in teaching up-and-coming Fiddle want-to-be’s. Vi Wickam is definitely one of the best out there and […]
Leather Britches is a great old breakdown, and one of the classic breakdowns in the key of G. I hope you enjoy this video of Matthew Hartz playing the heck out of it. If you would like to learn to play fiddle tunes like this one, and… If you are looking to study […]
Uncle Dan is an old Missouri tune that I learned from Junior Marriott. Junior’s the only person I have ever heard play this tune before, but I’m certain that it has some history to be uncovered. Anyway, it’s a fun tune, and it’s got a really nice danceable feel to it. It’s a C tune […]
I first heard Who’s Gonna Talk to Dinah at The Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest, when Junior Marriot and Alita Weisgerber (then Stoneking) played it to win the Twin Fiddle Division at the Contest. As a side note, Fred Stoneking recorded Who’s Gonna Talk to Dinah? on his album Saddle Old Spike. I highly recommend […]
Tonight I was looking through Cole’s 1000 Fiddle Tunes, and I came across Sumner’s Hornpipe. When I played it, I instantly recognized the melody. I thought that the name I had heard it under was Queen of the West. I have heard Ed Carnes play it, and he called it Queen of the West, and […]
I really don’t know anything about this tune, except that I heard it on a Johnny Gimble album, and I liked it. I especially like the Put Your Shoes on, Put Your shoes on, followed by a pluck. To me, this tune really embodies a lot of the old-time spirit of fiddling, it’s laid back, […]
Buttered Beans is a old-time sounding tune I wrote rather recently. It has a pretty simple AABB structure, and chords (just G and D). There isn’t any deep meaning to it, or real significance to the name. I think it’s a fun tune, and I hope you enjoy it too.