Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Folk Music

It's been a while since my last post, as I have been gearing up for the new school year and making improvements to my stock and website.

Some of the changes are:

  • increased range of bags and other instrumental accessories

  • addition of a section for accordion

  • increased folk music section

Which brings me neatly on to the subject of today's post. Folk music is increasingly popular, and there have been a lot of recent publications in this area by mainstream publishers. Boosey and Hawkes have been publishing their collection for fiddle over the last few years, the most recent addition being The Greek Fiddler which unsurprisingly contains Greek music.

These books were published in a traditional instrument/piano version, albeit often with guitar chords. Recently publishers have changed this to instrument/chords/CD versions, which gives players the opportunity to play along to backing bands - definitely an improvement on piano! Boosey and Hawkes have revamped parts of their fiddler collection by introducing the Fiddler Playalong books for violin, viola and cello.

Schott has now published some excellent collections of fiddle music, covering English, Scottish, and Eastern European music. These playalong collections contain a lot of tunes - often around 80 and guidance notes on the music and playing traditions. These are great reference volumes which will keep you occupied for hours! While the Eastern European collection does cover some Klezmer music - for those who don't know, this is traditional Jewish music from Eastern Europe - there are also other collections focussing exclusively on this.

You can check out the folk music section on the website by clicking here:

Further developments are planned for the folk music section - in particular, an increased selection from Scottish Publisher Taigh na Teud.

As always, if you are looking for something in particular and don't see it, drop us a line: and ask.

Next week - Christmas is coming...

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