April 30, 2017

Not My Monkey New Recording by Fiddle Whamdiddle

 
PRE-ORDER TODAY Vi and I have been hard at work and have finally sent our newest recording off to the manufacturer this week! Not My Monkey features our original tune (by the same name), John Denver's Matthew, Aura Lea (written in 1861 by a relative of Vi's Grandmother, George R. Poulton) and several other old-time favorites. Recorded over 3 years, by two very gifted engineers (Latin-Grammy-winning Oscar Autie, of El Cerrito Studio, in El Cerrito, California) and Darren Radach, of Stout Studios in Fort Collins, Colorado. Darren also served as the mixing engineer and the recording was mastered by Randy LeRoy of Airshow Mastering, Tacoma Park, Maryland. Cover art was photographed and designed by Christina Gressianu, Loveland, Colorado. We expect delivery by the first of February with a projected release date of May 28, 2017. Pre-Order today and get your copy as soon as it arrives...with free postage!  (use the code: iwantmymonkey at checkout)

Fiddle Whamdiddle Summer 2014

Vi and I have had some great gigs playing together this summer so far!

We had a fun night at Avogadro's number at the end of May, and then a terrific time at the Avery House for July 4th Independence Day Celebration.

Some different friends captured these moments as images to evoke that fun:


The tent was provided by Streetmosphere, Beet Street's summer music program. [Photo by Franklin Taggart]


This looks way too cheerful to be Blacktail Weasel and the Ground Squirrel Clan!  [Jim Frye Photo] Listen to that tune here.



Here are some nice close-ups while we play (which is musician for "work"!) [Pics by Pabo]






Fiddle Whamdiddle Summer 2014

Vi and I have had some great gigs playing together this summer so far!

We had a fun night at Avogadro's number at the end of May, and then a terrific time at the Avery House for July 4th Independence Day Celebration.

Some different friends captured these moments as images to evoke that fun:


The tent was provided by Streetmosphere, Beet Street's summer music program. [Photo by Franklin Taggart]


This looks way too cheerful to be Blacktail Weasel and the Ground Squirrel Clan!  [Jim Frye Photo] Listen to that tune here.



Here are some nice close-ups while we play (which is musician for "work"!) [Pics by Pabo]






DulcimerCrossing Teacher Sighting(s)!

Steve Eulberg and Don Pedi, both teachers at DulcimerCrossing.com, play this Old-Time (Scottish-Heritage) tune at a Fort Collins House Concert in Summer 2013.  Miss McLeod’s Reel (aka “Have You Ever Been to Meetin’, Uncle Joe?” and “Have You Ever Seen the Devil, Uncle Joe?” and “Hop High, Ladies”) is played by them on mountain dulcimers with Vi Wickam playing fiddle.


Streetmosphere’s Successful Kickstarter Campaign!

THANK-YOU!!! You did it! You helped to keep live, found art visible and find-able on the streets of Fort Collins this summer with BeetStreet’s Streetmosphere Kickstarter Campaign. I’ve donated a CD and FiddleWhamdiddle has, too! (and check out the crazy angles of my flexible hammered dulcimer hammers in this slide show-at about 0:20!)

Back in the Studio

Friday, October 5, 2012, Vi Wickam and I stepped into Aaron Youngberg's Swingfingers Studio to begin recording tracks for our debut CD, Old School OldTime as FiddleWhamdiddle.  Here are some photos from our 1st session:

My first mountain dulcimer in its dulcimer "cubbie"

Hammered Dulcimer Set-up

Brent Hawley adding mandolin and guitar

Engineer Aaron Youngberg at the controls

Vi "tuning up"

Another view of the dulcimer cubbie, with McSpadden Special

My Ben Seymour Galax dulcimer ready to go 

Vi in the fiddle booth as we get ready to go...
Our CD release party is set for Friday, December 14th at Avogadro's Number in Fort Collins.



Back in the Studio

Friday, October 5, 2012, Vi Wickam and I stepped into Aaron Youngberg's Swingfingers Studio to begin recording tracks for our debut CD, Old School OldTime as FiddleWhamdiddle.  Here are some photos from our 1st session:

My first mountain dulcimer in its dulcimer "cubbie"

Hammered Dulcimer Set-up

Brent Hawley adding mandolin and guitar

Engineer Aaron Youngberg at the controls

Vi "tuning up"

Another view of the dulcimer cubbie, with McSpadden Special

My Ben Seymour Galax dulcimer ready to go 

Vi in the fiddle booth as we get ready to go...
Our CD release party is set for Friday, December 14th at Avogadro's Number in Fort Collins.



Sometimes the Road Leads Home!

Sometimes the Road does lead home!  I was booked to play in Old Town Fort Collins for Streetmosphere to kick-off the Memorial Day weekend on Friday Night, but there was double-booking for a motorcycle rally.  The smart call was to recognize that the dulcet tones of the dulcimer would rarely be heard if in competition with revving Harleys.  So, I decided to change the venue and play a home game!



FiddleWhamdiddle scheduled a House Party instead at my home in Fort Collins.

Vi Wickam and I recorded this tune that I learned from Ken Bloom at the Western Carolina Dulcimer Week, in Cullowhee, NC several years ago.  Enjoy!

(This is part of Vi's year-long commitment to play and record a new fiddle tune each day throughout 2012.  You can sign-up and get them delivered to your email box every day!)