The Fiddler's Almanac
collector's edition $29.95
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This book is now a collector's item. It was written by Ryan J. Thomson and published in
1985. The original orange paperback edition as shown here has been hard bound within a
premium library grade red cover with a gold stamped spine, and includes a CD of solo
fiddling by Ryan Thomson. Its 138 pages, and 8.5" by 11" in size.
The Almanac contains many illustrations and includes sections on topic such as the history
and lore of fiddling, a guide to buying a fiddle and bow, how to learn fiddle by ear or with
music, sources and references, fiddle contest information, dance fiddling, descriptions of
160 other books on fiddling, 200 fiddle records reviewed, table of contents, glossary,
index, and lots more. Library of Congress #84-73053, ISBN 978-0-931877-00-1, $29.95,
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The CD includes fiddle tunes of several styles: Irish, blues, rag time, French Canadian,
american hoedown, waltz, etc:, Bay of Fundy, Dixon County Blues, Ducks on the Pond,
Eskimo Waltz(Ootpic), Fisher's Hornpipe, Flax in Bloom, Jack Danielson's Reel, Harvest
Home Hornpipe, Molly Put the Kettle On, Off She Goes, Ryan's Rag, Smash the Windows,
Sole's Reel, Snowflake Reel, Staten Island Hornpipe, and Stuart Longbow.
Note from Ryan Thomson: Over 5000 libraries have a copy of the Fiddler's Almanac. Its
library catalog number is ML800.T5 1985. Its likely that your local branch has a copy for you
to examine. If your library does not carry it, you can request that they buy it for their
collection. Give them this information:
The Fiddler's Almanac, by Ryan Thomson, ISBN 978-0-931877-00-1