On Fiddle Masters Concert Series, Volume 3. there are twenty four sets taken from five concerts recorded at the Violin Shop in Nashville, Tennessee.
Players who take center stage include Casey Driessen, whose eclectic style crosses bluegrass, folk, jazz, and other things of his own invention, Daniel Carwile, a multi instrumentalist and educator who shows off his contest winning style on a series of rags and a haunting take on Midnight on the Water, Gabe Witcher, who is also a contest veteran and member of the hot acoustic group The Punch Brothers, and Hanneke Cassel, former Scottish style national fiddle champion, well respected solo artist and teacher, who offers fiery Scottish tunes and her own inspired compositions. Cellist Natalie Haas adds her unique style of rhythm on the cello to accompany several of Casselâ€™s tunes, and teams up with her sister Brittany for a medley of tunes from Norway. Young player Tatiana Hargreaves adds a classy take on the folk standard Pretty Saro, and joins up with Alex Hargreaves for Dusty Miller.
The Violin Shop is a place where musicians often meet up, a place where they know they can find quality instruments and get work done on the ones they already treasure, too. So it was a natural thing when the shopâ€™s owners added an small space for performance to the shop. Thatâ€™s where these concerts where shot, and well done they are. Whether you are a player yourself, a fan of one or more of these artists, or just enjoy fine acoustic music, Fiddle Masters in Action is well worth your time.
Kerry Dexter writes about the arts and creative practice at Music Road and is the Music Editor for Wandering Educators, Her work has appears at Ireland and the Americas, Acoustic Guitar, Perceptive Travel, and other publications, and she is also a former music correspondent at Gather.