So many traditional Adirondack fiddlers were born into musical (and often fiddling) families, and learned from a common pool of tunes and fiddling styles prevalent in the area (see the Some Background essay of the Fiddlers & Dance Tunes section for more on this). Each would go on to absorb unique influences as they came into contact with musicians from other places, and for most, the world of music available on radio, television and commercial recordings provided further inspiration.
Some would go on to play "hillbilly"
and cowboy music, country and western, bluegrass and other related forms. A
few went even further afield into jazz and beyond; others never strayed
far from "home." Regardless, all of them started with
the old-time fiddle and dance music, and each continued to enjoy hearing
and playing it. For many it has always been their specialty.
We can hear this in the playing of every one of them.
- Don Perkins - Lake Placid, NY
- Howard & Don Woodcock - Kendrew Corners, NY
- Vic Kibler - Vails Mills, MY
- Lawrence Older - Middle Grove, NY
- Phil Cook - Hogansburg, NY - Akwesasne
- Alice Clemens - Osceola, NY
- Ken Bonner - Burke and Lake George, NY
- George Pratt - Warrensburg, NY
- Vincent Boyea - Westville, NY
- Roch "Frenchie" Chaloux - Various locations around the North Country
- Cecil Butler - Loch Muller, NY
And, for some musical bottle and beer-tray playing:
- Snooks Martin - St. Regis Falls, NY