Traditional Fiddle

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  • Lively and attractive tunes suitable for players of Grades 3-7 standard
  • A range of tune types, including 3/2 hornpipes, jigs, reels, strathspeys, and morris dance tunes
  • General advice on playing traditional fiddle, including learning by ear, performance practice, and much more
  • An overview of each style, plus detailed exploration of the first tune in each chapter in the form of a workshop
  • Practical advice on bowing, ornamentation, and other key stylistic features
  • CD with accompanied performances of all of the tunes and demonstrations of selected ornaments and bowing patterns
  • Companion Website with backing tracks and suggestions for further reading and listening

Traditional Fiddle introduces eight regional fiddle styles from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, with contributions from world-renowned fiddlers Kevin Burke, John Dipper, Liz Doherty, Nancy Kerr, Siân Phillips, Aidan O'Rourke, Jenna Reid, and Patsy Reid. This is the perfect introduction to traditional fiddling for intermediate players.

Forces or Category

Solo violin


Easy to Moderately difficult

Edited by Jane Griffiths

Jane Griffiths, the volume editor, studied at Chetham's School of Music before becoming interested in traditional fiddle. She works regularly as a session musician and has recorded for, among others, Maddy Prior, Simon Emmerson, Duotone, Amy Macdonald, and Stornoway. Member of dark English folk band Telling The Bees, and of Wod, a trio for French and Breton dance, Jane is also a highly experienced violin, fiddle, and piano teacher, and freelance music editor.

More about Jane Griffiths' band


Nancy Kerr: Northumbrian 3/2 hornpipes
Rusty Gulley
Lang Stayed Away
Bob and Joan
Jenna Reid: Shetland reels
Aa the Ships ir Sailin'
Shelder Geö
Mak a Kishie Needle, Dye
John Dipper: Southern English Playford and morris dance tunes
Old Tom of Oxford
Mount Hills
Liz Doherty: Donegal reels
Leslie's Reel
Dinkie Dorrian's
The Boys of Malin
Liz Doherty: Donegal jigs
Johnny Boyle's Jig
Con Cassidy's Jig
The Black Rogue
Aidan O'Rourke: West Highland strathspeys and a reel
Mrs MacLeod's Strathspey
Niel Gow's Wife
Lochiel's Awa' Tae France
Siân Phillips: Welsh hornpipes
Gower Reel
Swansea Hornpipe
Pibddawns y Car Gwyllt
Patsy Reid: North-East Scottish slow airs
The Marchioness of Huntly's Favourite
Bovaglie's Plaid
The Weeping Birches of Kilmorack
Kevin Burke: Sligo reels
Boys of the Lough
Pigeon on the Gate
Sligo Maid

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