THE FIDDLERS THREE- A celebrations of old time "fiddle hits" in three part harmony
Don Woodcock and sisters Gretchen and Rebecca Koehler grew up in musical families surrounded by the rich traditions of old time fiddle music. As a young boy, Don began to play for local dances with his father Howard. By the 1970s, when fiddling contests became a popular way to promote old time fiddlers and their music, Don started competing locally and throughout the Northeast, eventually winning the state contest three times and becoming Grand Champion Fiddler of New York State. The Koehlers, from Massachusetts, were introduced to contest fiddling early in life and, through the years since, have won championships in nine states and three provinces. As their family traveled, the sisters gained a wealth of knowledge about fiddle styles from the New England melting pot of Old Time, Contra Dance, Celtic and Quebecois music, making them sought after as teachers and clinicians.
These three fiddlers' paths have crossed at many fiddle festivals over the years but, when Gretchen moved to the North Country a few miles from Don, they found their mutual joy in casual get togethers, just swapping tunes they had each learned over the years and sharing an interest in preserving the music for the generations to come.
Radio clip: NCPR String Fever- The Fiddlers Three CD release:Jun 09, 2010 Sisters Gretchen and Rebecca Koehler, and Don Woodcock are out with a new album of old time fiddle tunes. They all grew up in musical families surrounded by the rich traditions of North American fiddle music. Their new cd is called, The Fiddlers Three, and we'll listen again to their conversation with Barb Heller, host of String Fever.