24 September 2015

Annie Staninec fiddle book out now

The BIB editor writes:

Other commitments stopped me from getting to see and hear Annie Staninec and John Kael (USA) during their time in Ireland that began a month ago and included performing at the Dunmore East and Omagh festivals. Anyone who did see and hear them, however, will be glad to learn that Annie's book Traditional bluegrass fiddle solos is now published and available from her website at $30 plus postage (post-free in USA).

The book comprises 46 solos from many master fiddlers including Curly Ray Cline, Chubby Wise, Kenny Baker, Mac Magaha, Vassar Clements, Bobby Hicks, Glen Duncan, and James Price, with downloadable recordings of all the solos, as well as helpful tips. A sample is given on the website: a break on 'Careless love' as played by Kenny Baker, with two recordings - slow, and faster with guitar backing - and a pdf transcription. Thanks to the Prescription Bluegrass Blog for the news.

Update 1 Oct.: Bluegrass Today announced yesterday the names of this year's IBMA Momentum Award winners. Annie Staninec is one of the three instrumentalists - all fiddlers - receiving an award; the others are Nate Lee (not to be confused with Nate Leath, who was here in July as one of the Patuxent Partners), and Patrick McAvinue, who has also been here as a Patuxent Partner.

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