One of the places I like to hang out, albeit virtually, is the fiddlers’ discussion list, FIDDLE-L, where all sorts of folk gather to discuss not just fiddling, but old-time, Irish, cajun, bluegrass, and other types of fiddle-related music. One very astute and regular contributor is Tony Thomas, who lives in Florida and plays old time fiddle & banjo.
After reading a very interesting post of his re. black fiddlers, and why there are hardly any left now, I asked him to contribe an article to our “Ideas” section at BlueGrass West! He has graciously done so, and I’d reccomend you take a look at it here: “Why Black Folks Don’t Fiddle”.
Comments, suggestions always welcome.