Trad Chat!

img004Welcome to my blog about traditional music, in particular the fiddle music of Quebec!

What is it about the Quebecois fiddle style that I like so much? It’s really a whole band played on one instrument. There’s a melody, some chords underneath to add colour, and a very rhythmic bowing style to add vibrancy. Plus the fiddler often replaces the need for a drumset, with a very clever use of foot percussion. The tunes can be simple and easy to pick up, or they can be so unexpectedly “crooked” in their format that you have to admire their cheekiness and sense of fun.

Since hearing my first Quebecois band in Australia, I have discovered a whole world of brilliant bands and musicians, some who are well-known throughout the world and some who are quiet local legends.  I will introduce you to these musicians through my blog, and ask them to talk a little about themselves and their projects.

Et c’est parti! Enjoy the ride!

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