World Fiddle Day, 18 May 2013 - Ireland shows the way
Thanks to Brian McNeal of the Prescription Bluegrass Blog for informing us of World Fiddle Day, which this year will be held on Saturday 18 May - the Saturday closest to 19 May, anniversary of the death of Antonio Stradivari.
World Fiddle Day is for anyone who plays, or simply enjoys, the music of the extended family of bowed instruments, throughout the world. Moreover, it was founded last summer by Caoimhin Mac Aoidh of Donegal (Alan Reid of Reid Design, Ballybofey, set up the handsome website), and Michael D. Higgins, Uachtarain na hEireann, is its Patron for the inaugural year 2013. More details are on the Prescription Bluegrass Blog and the WFD Facebook, where you can see the music notation for 'World Fiddle Day reel' and a video showing the reel being played (also on YouTube).
The Prescription Bluegrass Blog hopes that bluegrass fiddlers will be more actively associated with the Day (the WFD website includes Vassar Clements and Chubby Wise in a list of past masters of the fiddle). We're sure this will happen - and for old-time fiddlers, too. World Fiddle Day falls just a week after Declan McCarthy's Baltimore Fiddle Fair (9-12 May).