(of interest primarily to those who enjoy fiddle music and old-time country dance)
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You have somehow reached the home page of Edward Baggott, resident of Huntsville, Alabama. I have set out a little search bait, specifically the words/phrases fiddle, old-time, contra dancing, etc. So if you unexpectedly find yourself here, it's probably because you were looking for one of those things.
Here is a little picture gallery that you can browse through.
I have put a few samples of my playing in MP3 and RealAudio format for you to listen to, if you like.
I have been playing fiddle for dances around the Southeast for over twenty years now. I play fairly regularly here in Huntsville, where I am accompanied by Elsie Peterson on piano. The dances in Huntsville area sponsored by the North Alabama Country Dance Society, and have been going strong for nearly twenty years. We have a bunch of really first-rate musicians and callers in this area, and if you are in town on the first or third Saturdays of the month, you ought to try to make it out.
Elsie and I have played at lots of dances in the region and beyond, including the Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society, Nashville Country Dancers, the Old Farmer's Ball in Asheville NC, the Harvest Moon Folk Society in Greenville SC, the John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC, the Chattahoochee Country Dance Society in Atlanta, and many others. We've worked with many well-known callers, too, both regional and national. . Here are a couple of RealAudio sound clips of us playing (from around 1993, I think) for one of our local dances.
Our tunes come from all over, but I must confess a particular fondness for playing the Missouri-style breakdowns and those hornpipes out of the pages of M. M. Cole's 1000 Fiddle Tunes. That's because I started out playing in Houston, Texas and learned a good number of these tunes from Bill Northcutt, who was one of the most amazing fiddlers I've ever heard. Here is a newspaper clipping that ran shortly after his passing.
We also play a lot of nice Irish tunes, both jigs and reels. And, of course, southern dance tunes are a big portion of our repertoire
We get a lot of compliments from dancers and callers on our selection of tunes and how well they seem to fit each dance, and we are very proud of that. It is always so rewarding to be playing music and to look out on the dance floor and see the dancers moving so smoothly to the tunes.
Ed Haley Fiddle Tune Transcriptions
For a long time, I had some information here about Ed Haley, the
great West Virginia fiddler. However, as time went on I began to
have problems with broken links to other sites that were important
parts of the story, so I feel like the time has come to remove it.
I still have the transcriptions, though - if
you are interested in them, please email me directly.
Canadian Fiddle Music!
Most of the people down in my neck of the woods are completely unaware of the rich fiddle traditions of Canada.  This needs to be rectified, because the playing there is highly developed and diverse, and is steeped in the history and culture of that country. And, unlike down here, it still has a vital function in the community life of many of the regular folks.
Here are two of the best people that I can recommend as an introduction to the indigenous fiddle music of Canada:
John Arcand lives in Saskatchewan and is a composer of many tunes in the traditional style. Equally significant, though, is his energetic and compelling promotion of Metis fiddle music, which blends Scottish and French styles with the native American influence from northern Canada. The result is fiddle music with a unique sound and structure, often making use of cross tunings and unusual meters. It is at once complex and archaic-sounding, but regardless of how you want to categorize it, it is wonderful stuff, so by all means check it out!
I was working in Edmonton, Alberta during the summer of 1999 and was introduced to the playing of Calvin Vollrath. He is a phenomenal player, and puts out two or three CDs of mostly original tunes each year - tunes of all types - breakdowns, jigs, waltzes, two-steps, you name it, all played with great energy and and total command. If you are at all interested in fine fiddle playing, you need to check him out. My personal favorite CDs are Bonjour Comment Ca Va and Tamarack'r Down.