Thursday, October 12, 2017

Medley with Ragtime Annie by Don Guillemette - Pembroke 2014

Versatile fiddler Don Guillemette performing at the Groupe Leduc Tent at Pembroke 2014.

Country Tune by Don Guillemette - Pembroke 2014

Versatile fiddler Don Guillemette performing at the Groupe Leduc Tent at Pembroke 2014.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Constitution Breakdown by Michel Mallette - Pembroke 2016

At the Groupe Leduc tent. Michel Mallette, one of Quebec's premiere fiddlers, playing a tune written by Lee Cremo of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Great execution by Michel of this tune that has only one part! A great fun piece to play.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Draggin' The Bow CD with Charlie Walden & John Stewart

All 31 tracks from my Draggin' The Bow CD. 

 Recorded in 1985. Download this track and the entire album from:

When I was coming up as a fiddler in Central Missouri the older gentlemen I learned from played a wide variety of music. In addition to the standard hoe-downs and waltes, I heard lots of great rags, swing numbers, schottisches and 6/8 tunes. John and I have attempted to put together a program on this recording that includes some of that "other" music. 

One of the exponents of these other types of tunes was a fine player from Jefferson City named Jimmy Gilmore. We enjoyed hanging out with Jimmy because you never knew what he was going to play (or say) next. He was one of the few old-time fiddlers I ever met who would admit to being able to read music and was equally comfortable playing Sweet Georgia Brown as he was The Grey Eagle. Jimmy had a vibrato on waltzes you could drive a Mack truck though and a great sense of humor to boot.. This recording is dedicated to Jimmy Gilmore. --- Charlie Walden 

Thanks to my long-time musical collaborator John Stewart for providing the up-town and hillbilly guitar work on this recording.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Learn to play Red Fox Waltz with Patt & Possum

This set of videos will teach you to play a basic and then a fancier version of Red Fox Waltz. This was one of the first tunes I learned from Taylor McBaine when I started playing. In keeping with that, I've also included a video of Taylor playing this classic waltz.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Prairie Hill Contra Dance with Patt & Possum - March 3, 2016

Highlights from the Prairie Hill Contra dance at Pewaukee, Wisconsin, on March 3, 2016. Music by Charlie Walden - fiddle & Patt Plunkett - piano with Roger Diggle calling.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

KDHX Folk School Fiddle Workshop - April 2016 with Patt & Possum

Highlights of a fiddle workshop given by Charlie Walden at the KDHX St. Louis Folk School on April 9, 2016. The taught included Red Fox Waltz, Kentucky Waltz and Valse Gisele. Go get the sheet music for these tunes at

Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 2016 Childgrove Contra Dance

Highlights of the April 10, 2016, Childgrove Contra Dance with Charlie Walden on fiddle and Patt Plunkett on piano. Ted Steels calling the figures.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bethel Missouri 1989 Main Stage Performances (audio only)

Performances of traditional Midwestern fiddling and other music recorded on the main stage at the 1989 Mid-America Old Time Fiddlers Convention. June 8-11, 1989. At Bethel, Shelby County, Missouri.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Learn to play Fever in the South with Charlie Walden

Charlie Walden teaches this great old hoe-down from Vee Latty, which originated Callaway County in Central Missouri and is likely part of the old repertoire from Black fiddlers in Missouri.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Chirps Smith Fiddle & Mandolin

Various clips of Chirps Smith playing at Bethel, MO in the 1980s and 90s.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Learn to Play Boys Around The World

In this set of videos I'll show you how to play a classic Missouri Valley fiddle tune from Cyril Stinnett and Dwight Lamb call The Boys Around The World. Key of A in standard tuning. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

1997 - Charlie Walden Raw Fiddle Cuts

Clips from a videotape I made for a friend in the late 90s. Just some old-time reels and hoe-downs.