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Ian Renshaw
Hello violin chums,

I just wanted to tell you about a wonderful day I had on Sunday. I attended a fiddle workshop in Camden (North London, UK) with a violinist friend of mine.

We had the privilege to meet -  and join in workshops run by - Chris Haigh. If you don't know his name do a quick Google - he's a top-notch fiddler player and has written quite a body of literature on the subject.

His focus on Sunday was 'rock violin' (interestingly he always calls it a violin, not a fiddle - which is a clue to his classical background..). He said if you get to the point where your audience are playing 'air violin' along with you then you've made it!

Just one day of intensive violin-ness has stiffened my resolve to get those flights to Austin booked. Four days..? Heaven! :o)

Ian Renshaw
5 Responses
Posted: February 22, 2012
Last Comment: February 23, 2012

Ian Renshaw
Posted: February 23, 2012
Hi - Robyn, glad you liked Chris Haigh's work (and now it's costing you money, I should contact him and ask for commission!)

Beth - yes, I will book for the whole week, definitely. I'd love to sample at least some of the live music Austin can offer (if I can work how to see a million, I'd be dead chuffed!)

Ha, Dave - my friends are worried I won't come back from Austin..


Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 22, 2012
Ian, book your flight for a week. The houses are reserved from the 7th-13th. Same price. You can hang out longer and listen to millions of bands.

Posted: February 22, 2012
Holy Buddha:-) ...Tziganarama, one of his Gypsy/Klezmer flavoured bands has a CD with several tunes that I want learn or improve upon my modest attempts. 
Paypal open your e-doors... Let the shopping begin!

J. David
Posted: February 22, 2012
Workshops are such fun.  My teacher runs a 3-day camp each summer, it's always full - people of all ages and walks of life with a common interest.  I remember after I'd attended the first one, running into my house proclaiming to my wife and kids that I'd "found my people".
BTW, I think I've found my people again - right here!

Posted: February 22, 2012
Ian ... wow, Chris Haigh is terrific. I have not come across his name before now so I went straight to youtube and listened to a few tunes.

All of Me

Man of Constant Sorrow

loved them all! I am primarily interested in blues, gypsy, jazz, folk and standards ...much of that due to the fact that I am surrounded by guitar players and singers and thus that's where I will get the greatest opportunities to play with others. So Chris's work is of great interest to me. Thanks!